Northgate chorus to present “Showtime”

The combined middle and senior high school choruses at Northgate High School will take to the stage May 9 with a varied program that will include a tribute to Aretha Franklin, and tunes from several movies. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

In her 20th year of teaching at Northgate Middle/Senior High School, Choral Director Kelly Winovich has entertained the community while teaching countless students the happiness and value of knowing and performing good music, from standards to contemporary, from show tunes to serious selections.

This year’s spring performance, appropriately titled, “Showtime,” includes a broad variety of music ranging from pop songs of the past to songs from the musicals, “A Star is Born,” and “Rent.” Also on the program will be a tribute to Aretha Franklin, with the show leading to its grand finale of music from the 2017 musical drama film, “The Greatest Showman.”

Students from the grades 7-12 combined choir will present the show on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The public is welcome to attend, with no admission tickets needed.

As in previous years, the singers have been traveling to various homes to entertain the elderly and those with special needs.

Also as in previous years, Winovich has again -- for the seventh time out of the past seven years -- been nationally recognized as a Grammy Awards Music Educator of the Year.

“In that time, I have been a quarterfinalist and am also considered a ‘Legacy.’ I am one of the few music educators nationally to be acknowledged all seven years. It is a tremendous honor and I greatly appreciate the positive recognition,” Winovich said.

The Grammy Web site explains that the award was established “…to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.”