#Harmonics carol to spread holiday cheer

Isabella Pumo, Opinion Editor

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A Capella has been an integral part of Guilford’s Fine Arts department since 2016, and it shows no signs of dying down anytime soon. Each year, a capella welcomes students from each grade level to be a part of their family. Whether you hear them carolling in the halls of GHS or catch them at Stroll on State, the #Harmonics (pronounced “sharp harmonics”) intend to grab your attention this holiday season.

“Prior to our performance at Stroll on State, we performed at the Dasher Dash,” said Ms. Olivia Guido, a capella’s advisor. “People like us to perform at holiday parties and we also sing at the holiday concert here at Guilford.”

Every year since they began, the #Harmonics have been featured at the Stroll on State festivities. They ring in the holiday season, performing songs such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Noel,” and more.

“Last year, we were right on the main stage by the tree and everyone was there, but this year we were caroling in City Hall,” said Ms. Guido.

Furthering their efforts to bring some holiday cheer to their peers, the #Harmonics sell Christmas carols every year, where you can pay to send a serenade to a friend, or even a teacher.

“I love to see people’s faces when we surprise them and sing for them,” said Evandia Penix, senior. “I can’t wait.”

These carols will be sold starting the week before Christmas break, and the 30-40 available spots usually sell fast.

“For the past couple of years, we have had people buy repeated Christmas carols. For example, last year the swim team bought around 10 for Mr. Miner alone,” said Ms. Guido. “So it’s been kind of fun to see how people utilize those Christmas carols.”

The money made from these carols goes back into the a capella program and supports costs for the regionals competition in February.

“There’s an entrance fee,” said Ms. Guido. “We have to purchase our outfits, the music we use, and so that money goes towards all of the things we need in order to compete.”

Though a capella is prominent during the holiday season, the #Harmonics are hoping to maintain their momentum throughout the remainder of the year.

“We are planning to start rehearsing for our competition season and hopefully we’ll make it to the state competition,” said Penix.

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#Harmonics carol to spread holiday cheer