On Tuesday, May 9th, the Waldorf School of Garden City’s high school a capella group, Fermata the Blue, participated in an contemporary a capella and vocal jazz concert alongside college groups from Five Towns College Performing Arts Department. They also sang with the Five Towns A Cappella Ensemble which was directed by Professor, Marc Silverberg. In addition to showcasing their own musicians, this annual concert seeks to engage talented high school a cappella groups by giving them an added opportunity to perform.
It was great for the students to be able perform with these experienced college musicians and also for a broader audience. Fermata the Blue sang two pieces on their own (Light in the Hallway by Pentatonix and Strangers Like Me by Phil Collins) and two with the larger ensemble (Stay by Rihanna and Ugly Heart by GRL). They had the additional benefit of “musically mingling” with college music majors, many of whom are in multiple ensembles themselves. See a video of some of their performances below!
The event was coordinated by Marc Silverberg, director of the Five Towns A Cappella Ensemble and a member of their faculty. He can also be seen as a member of Satellite Lane, an A Capella group featuring our own Andrew Fallu!
Mr. Fallu looked back very positively on the experience saying, “Thank you to Marc Silverberg for inviting us and coming to our School to work with Fermata the Blue in rehearsal. The students had an absolute blast and were able to witness the sort of performance opportunities that can await them in the college setting, regardless of whether or not they choose to pursue music as a major. Above everything else, they experienced the joy that comes from making music with a group of people, even those they had never met before.”
Congratulations to Fermata the Blue!