Heidi Winters, ’20

Every year in January, the independent schools of Delaware join forces and sing “Kumbaya” at the direction of the choral teachers. A few years ago, Tower’s very own Mrs. Martin started this tradition, and ever since, the festival has been a source of musical excellence for Delawareans. Every year the students travel to one of the schools participating, and spend the school day reading music and training their voices. 

This year, Tower Hill hosted Wilmington Friends and Sanford. The choir was conducted by a faculty member of the University of Delaware. Students from Tower Hill give their impressions of him:

“He helped our choir put on a great concert and made the learning process fun.” – Abigail Pierce

“I thought he was cool and a lot better than the one who made us emphasize all the ending consonants. That conductor was great too, but I liked this one as he handled the subject matter with more appropriate style.“ – Anonymous 

“He was very engaging in the way that he taught us. He really worked to connect with the students in order to produce more musical music. He understood that people had to connect to the music and each other in order to sing with emotion and musicality. It was a great learning experience.” – Sarah Greenberg

The students of Tower Hill, Sanford, and Friends were not allowed to use their devices in keeping with school policy, and rehearsal went on for about 6 hours. One student remarks, “I kinda wanted to get some homework done but didn’t have any time.” The choir students were so busy that there would’ve hardly been any time for lollygagging. 

The chorus students rehearsed several songs that were performed later that evening at the concert. For lunch, pizza was served with sides of decadent apples and chips in the Founder’s Gallery. Each and every student remarked at how scrumptious the meal was. 

Luckily enough for the choir students, about half of the theatre was filled. The image of faces under the lights, swaying to Germanic folk songs, will be immortalized on the school website. 

The only thing missing was Tatnall. Dear, old Tatnall. Unfortunately, last year, some of the students of Tatnall were quite “unprepared and rude.” My sources can neither confirm nor deny if their behavior was the reason for them not being invited back. However, it can be confirmed that the students of Tower Hill are very capable of holding their own on a stage. 

Mrs. Martin always expects that the choir is well-prepared and ready to work. As hosts, Tower Hill did a great job of welcoming their fellow Delawareans and maintaining a harmonious environment.