The Middle School Spring Choral and Handbell Concert, which took place on May 22nd, was an emotional night, as Moravian Academy said goodbye to Mrs. Patrice Kidd, who has served as Middle School Music Director for the past 37 years. Her retirement brings the end of an era in Moravian Academy history, one that the community will look back on fondly in the years to come.
The Handbell Choir, with members ranging from sixth to eighth grade, played several different contemporary and classical songs, such as “Lost Boy” by Ruth B. and “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars. The performances had a remarkable coordination, as the 6th and 7th Grade Handbell Choirs and the 7th and 8th Grade Handbell Choirs were split and played bells from different sides of the auditorium. The audience was in for a special treat when a small group of female singers performed a student-coordinated song with overlapping voice parts and a student pianist. The 8th Grade Handbell Choir created a beautiful harmony with sections of songs pertaining to eight different countries that sparked a feeling of wonder in the auditorium.
The Middle School Chorus sang beautifully an array of songs, including “Jasmine,” a Chinese folk song, “City of Stars” from the movie La La Land, and “Alleluia” by Jerry Sinclair. Their performance featured a cappella, clapping intricate rhythms, and choreography. In their final act, the 7th Grade Handbell Choir and the Middle School Chorus showed their musical prowess as they brought the audience to their feet in a tribute to Mrs. Kidd, who was brought to tears as her students played for her, assisted by Mrs. Riker.
(Photo Credit: Kalli Miller ’19)
The concert was an achievement for all the groups showcased that night, but it was also an event that allowed for Moravian Academy to celebrate the career and legacy of Mrs. Kidd, who has left a positive impact on every student she’s worked with in her time here.
Thank you, Mrs. Kidd, for all the hard work you’ve put into fostering a love of learning and music in the kids you’ve taught here at Moravian. We appreciate it more than you’ll ever know. We wish you the best in your life and hope you know you’ll always have a home here at the Academy.