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Spring Concert Gives Dobbs Ferry Reason to Cheer

Dobbs Ferry high school had its annual spring concert on Wednesday, May 25. The concert featured the high school chorus, band, a flute duet, the select chorus and the orchestra. Each group of students performed to a filled auditorium all night, with songs ranging from classics like "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen to karaoke favorite "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey and even featured the famous James Bond theme song. With everything from solo performances to a full orchestra finale, the Dobbs Ferry spring concert covered all the bases Wednesday night. Lasting about an hour and consisting of roughly 100 students, it's safe to say a lot of planning went into the show.

"Right after the [winter] concert they start preparing for the next one," said Dobbs Ferry high school principal Keith Yi. "The students sometimes come up with the pieces they want to perform. And our teachers and our students practice for a number of months just for the performance tonight."

The spring concert was scheduled to take place back in April, but was postponed for renovations in the auditorium. Each group of performances drew heavy applause from the crowd, but none like Dobbs Ferry senior Juliet Morris. The 17-year-old drew a roaring response after her solo performance of "Song of Purple Summer" by Broadway's "Spring Awakening." Morris said she's been singing since the time she could talk and has only improved since then.

"I started taking voice lessons when I was eight and I started doing musical things when I was three years old," she said. "It was just kind of always a part of me."

Morris also recently finished four years of pre-college at the Manhattan School of Music for Performance and will attend New York University in the fall to study vocal performance for classical singing. Morris is just one example of what a strong arts program can do for students.

"It showcases the importance of the arts," Yi said. "The fact that we need to support the arts this day and age with the budget cuts and so on. I think it's critically important that students are exposed to the arts and have an opportunity to perform to the community and obviously to the parents."

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