Story by Mariah Cowsert, Opinion Editor
Photo courtesy of Mariah Cowsert
The entire crowd was grinning ear to ear and clapping along with the musicians, dancers, and artists at Music for the Soul, an annual concert for the special needs community and their family. The annual event was held at the Arts & Music Center’s Kretschmer Recital Hall on Saturday, November 14 with performances at both 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The event was hosted by the Music Department, School of Education, Franciscan Life Process Center, and the Diocese of Grand Rapids Office of Faith Formation.
The energy and community was remarkable during the concert which showcased the AQ Women’s Chorus, music students, and dancers. In between songs, flutists: Emma Atkinson and Katherine Duffrin played interludes like the Harry Potter intro to ease transitions between performers. The concert varied with entertainment ranging from an upbeat performance of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by the Women’s Chorus to a soothing performance of “The Water is Wide.”
The event included interactive pieces as well with guitarist Sandy Koteskey that had everyone out of their chairs moving and clapping along with the music. Giggles and warmth surrounded the recital hall during the participation segments that Koteskey referred to as “the seventh inning stretch” of the day. Prior to the concert was a musical instrument petting zoo which allowed guests to see instruments up close along with stations set up with varying activities.
This free day of activities and performances united families and the AQ community with both faculty and students utilizing their talents to nourish the souls of the special needs community, their families, and supporters. To be in the loop with events on campus that benefit the special needs community, like the AQ Special Saints page on Facebook or check out the events calendar on the Campus Life webpage.
About the Writer…
Mariah Cowsert is a junior studying Communication with a Theatre Emphasis and English. She has been writing for The Saint since last fall and is excited to continue doing what she loves through her internship with The Saint as Opinion Intern, soon to be Opinion Editor. In her free time she enjoys running, acting and technical theatre involvement, painting, talking in third person for bios, and reading.