Students and staff in the visual and performing arts departments across Clear Creek Independent School District will come together for the district’s second annual performance of the Choral Masterworks Concert set for 5 p.m. Saturday at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive, in Houston.
The concert will feature the top choir students from each of the district’s high schools and the Clear Falls Chamber Orchestra. The students will be conducted by Dr. Paul Busselberg, who is currently head of voice and choirs at San Jacinto College in Pasadena.
Sean Stultz, an assistant choir director at Clear Creek High School, has been teaching at the school for four years. He also will be one of the featured soloists.
“This concert is not only a perfect example of the talent that each district choral or orchestral ensemble contains, but it is also a wonderful showcase of the collaborative nature of our fine arts programs,” Stultz said. “Each district high school varsity mixed choir and the Clear Falls Chamber Orchestra will perform one selection before combining to end the concert with Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria.’ This concert showcases the best of the best in our district’s fine arts programs and will prove to be an exciting night of music.”
Preparation for the annual event begins the year before when each high school choir’s directors help to coordinate the event with the masterwork choruses selected for the performance — in addition to their own campus-based performances and activities.
“For this concert specifically, I love seeing our students get excited about a piece written hundreds of years ago,” Stultz said. “They really enjoy singing this masterwork knowing that it has been around long before any of us were born. But my favorite part of this process is when our students get to rehearse with the full choir, orchestra and soloists for the first time. It is the first time they truly comprehend the grand nature of a masterwork and the energy of the rehearsal is electric as a result.”
The concert also will feature soloists Jade Blakey (Clear Lake High School assistant choir director), Stephanie Cramer (Clear Brook High School assistant choir director), Jill Fetty (Clear Falls High School choir director) and Kym Reeves (Clear Springs High School assistant choir director).
Asiel Velasco, who is a senior at Clear Creek High School, is in both choir and band. Along with the many students who will be participating in the concert Saturday, he personally has been preparing for the concert since September and is excited about the performance as well.
“I have always loved music, particularly composer Johannes Brahms, and started taking piano lessons in kindergarten, which was followed by joining choir in elementary school,” Velasco said. “I’ve played the trumpet since sixth grade and then once again joined choir my junior year. And although I don’t plan on going into some form of music after high school, I do plan on sharing my passion for music to my future family and expressing the way it has changed my life.”
Admission is free and open to the public.
“While this is only our second annual district masterworks concert, it has quickly become not only a highlight of the year for our participating directors, but a memorable and life-changing experience for our students who are involved,” Stultz said. “When you combine outstanding music programs, a supportive community and the will to collaborate, the CCISD Masterworks Concert is truly an event you will not want to miss.”