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Dinner and a Show: Choir at Bistro Night

On both Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, DSHS Choir had their annual Bistro Night at Sunset Canyon Baptist Church.

“We do either musical theater, music from movies, or lighter jazz,” choir director Tom Gabrielsen said.

Bistro Night provides a change in common choir music to appeal to the public in a fun and light-hearted way.

“Bistro night is a night when the choirs all come together to sing songs for people from musicals,” sophomore Preston Willis said.

Not only is it a concert, there is a certain food element added to the pleasure.

“People enjoy their dinner while the choir provides their entertainment,” Gabrielsen said.

In addition to just being good music, Bistro Night also helps provide for the choir all year long.

“Bistro night really helps us raise funds… and fund the trips we do,” sophomore Emma Minigh said.

Bistro Night aids the choir and provides dinner and a show to paying community members. While helping aid the choir financially, Bistro Night also provides benefits to its performers.

“I think it gives people a chance to really shine,” senior Brynn Johnson said.

Those who wish to are given the opportunity to solo, casting their talents upon the audience.

“It gives me practice on stage in front of an audience. When you’re nervous, it’s a whole new thing,” Johnson said.

The mental game in any performing art is equally as difficult as the physical capacity to perform and can make or break one’s performance, making practice crucial.

The impact the performance has on the audience, through its quality and capacity, also has a tendency to stun both the audience and performers alike.

“I like being able to come together with a lot of different voices to create this one big sound,” Willis said.

The variety of talent at DSHS is shown clearly through the harmonies sung out on Bistro Night.

“[I love] the creativeness that comes out of students and seeing their talent rise. I’m always amazed by the level of talent in our students,” Gabrielsen said.

As a reward for this great talent, Bistro Night was packed.

“We sold out both nights,” Gabrielsen said.

For its extreme success with selling 140 tickets each night, choir spends much time practicing prior to its big nights.

“We spend our time in class practicing all of our musical numbers, then get up there and sing,” Minigh said.

The Dripping Springs High School Choir works unceasingly to provide a fun night of food, music, and talent to its community members, never failing to astound the audience.



Written by Emily Curran

Staff Writer

The DSHS Showstoppers

On Thursday, October 13, the DSHS Choir performed their Fall Show in the auditorium with an almost full house.

The choir had been working long and hard for this show and its outcome. “We’ve been preparing since the first day of school,” said Choir Director Tom Gabrielson. “Definitely seeing the end result of all our hard work is my favorite part,” he added.

As it seems, the members of choir truly love what they do. “I love singing and music,” said senior McKenna Dunk.

“I too like singing,” said senior Michael Thornton. In addition to just the love of singing, choir members also bond during all of the rehearsals they put into for their performances.

“It feels like we’re in Glee and we can goof off before,” said sophomore Maddi Newcomb.

“There are so many inside jokes,” Dunk added.

“The performance makes rehearsals worth it. I really like performing,” said Thornton.

Although the performance was grand, choir members did voice a few things to change if they could do it over.

“Definitely a few songs,” Newcomb said. While the songs were fun to listen to, members expressed that the African Tribal songs were difficult to sing and the notes were hard to reach. “I would memorize the words,” said Dunk. You couldn’t tell from the audience, but panic was in the minds of a few teens that knew melodies but not lyrics.

Overall, the pieces most well done, pleasant to listen to, and pleasant to sing were Lascia Ch’io Piango from the Opera Rinaldo, Drive My Car by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and Homeland by Gustav Holst, all performed by a choir who love what they do.



Written by Emily Curran

Staff Writer

Johnson’s TMEA Auditions

Brynn Johnson and Taylor McIntyre before the jazz concert

Junior choir member Brynn Johnson’s life has always revolved around music. She has always loved singing, performing, and competing in choir competitions such as TMEA choral auditions and UIL solo and ensemble.

“I’ve been in choir for ten years and I’ve been singing for forever,” Johnson explained. “Literally for forever, I was humming before I could even talk.”

Johnson recently competed in TMEA choral auditions. She made it through Region and Pre-Area auditions, moving her on to the Area audition where five girls from each region audition and only 10 of them moved on to State. Johnson placed in 14th chair out of the 10 available chairs.

“A lot of practice went into these tryouts, I got my music in June and I have been practicing ever since,” Johnson said. “Overall I feel good about how I did at Area, I’m satisfied with how I placed even though I didn’t make it to State,” Johnson said. “I tried my hardest and it’s not about winning, it’s about learning challenging music to improve your musical abilities and your vocal technique.”

Johnson’s choir director, Tom Gabrielsen, was very impressed with how she did in her audition.

“Brynn sight read perfectly,” Gabrielsen explained. “You can get a total of 60 points for sight reading and she got all 60 points from all five judges, which is very hard to do.”

Johnson is thankful that she has gotten to participate in so many choirs over the years and loves being a member in choir. She even wants to major in music education at the University of Texas so that she can become a choir director herself.

“I think choir is so cool because it’s both an individual and a teamwork thing,” said Johnson, “so you have everyone contributing, but if you don’t listen to both yourself and the people around you to blend with them, then the song doesn’t sound right. Everyone has to contribute in order to make it sound awesome, and when it does it gives me the chills because the sound is so huge and so beautiful.”

Johnson is excited to see where her future in music will take her and hopes that her musical abilities will continue to strengthen as she continues to sing.

Madison Green

Features Editor

DSHS choir update

DSHS Jazz Cats

The choir director, Tom Gabrielson, has organized the first choir concert of the year to be on October 15th, in the auditorium at 7:30 pm.

“This is a fall concert,” said Gabrielson. “Each choir will be singing the songs we will be working on for the last six weeks.There is four different choirs and then we combine at the end. This will be our first concert of this year, it’s take about this long to learn all the music.”

Gabrielson worked hard for all the choir groups to choose the right songs for his students.

“I spend a lot of time looking at music and picking things that were the right difficulty level, and things that I think they will like and enjoy singing.” explained Gabe.

But according to the junior Michael Thornton, “there are some songs that I don’t like, mainly the old english madrigals. Those are no fun.”

Alice de Castelnau, on the other hand, thought in a different way. “In general I like the songs. They’re old but really beautiful.”

The choir is really coming together, and had a stunning performance during the football game friday, as the Jazz Cats sang the national anthem.

“It’s sound good,” said Thornton. “I think the tenor section usually overpowers, but that just how it is. The girls are kinda quiet, but I think we’ll be good.”

The students are ready for the concert, or rather, “they will be, they’ve got two more weeks” affirmed the director. “I think it’s going to be really good, it’s will be exciting and lot of fun.”

For Thornton, in both the Chamber choir and the Jazz cats, “it will be complicated.” He said. “It’s going to be a lot. But I’ve got a good feeling I guess. It will be fun. We’re always ready!”

Written by Prune Savelli

Staff Writer