New Dawns welcomes director, changes culture

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief

A new voice can be heard down the music hallway of WHS as Stephen Colella, choir teacher, begins a new legacy for New Dawns and choir programs.

Colella began his legacy at WHS by hanging a poster in the choir room stating “Are you proud of the product?”

“We want to get our status back up,” Lizzie Jassin, senior, said. “He isn’t looking for us to be winners, but he is looking for us to create a product that we are proud of at the end of the show.”

According to Chris Gonzalez, senior, he feels excited about all of the change.

“He talks about how he wants to better us and I can’t wait to see the outcome,” Gonzalez said.

This year’s New Dawns show theme involves overcoming adversity which relates to WHS’s summer reading theme.

The show, “Stand Up,” will feature someone finally facing their problems.

According to Mr. Colella, he knew by coming to WHS that he would be joined by the “wonderful band” program.

“I added and wrote music in our show for the combined piece that they could play and enjoy,” Mr. Colella said. “It will feature lots of horns and a funky bass.”

Last year’s theme dealt with war, which according to Jassin did not really send a message.

“This year, we will be able to give everyone a show that can touch and move them,” Jassin said.

Additional changes to New Dawn’s include a new accompanist, female voice lesson teacher and choreographer, Linda McEacharan.

“Her reputation is huge,” Jassin said. “She started Expressions over at Buffalo Grove and she also works as a judge so she will help us very well.”

Colella also combined Midnight Blues, Madrigals and Caught off Guard, unique choir groups, into one Acapella Group.

New Dawn’s first competitive performance will be held on February 16 at the El Paso competition, which will immediately be followed by competitions at Hersey High School for the Chicagoland Festival on March 2, and the Wheaton Warrenville competition on March 9.

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