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Thailand Mission Trip in Need of Funds

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By: Jessica N.

On March 9th, Andrews Academy Silhouettes and String Orchestra will be boarding a plane to Thailand. After a 22-hour flight and a 3-hour layover in Dubai they will land in Bangkok.

“The goal of the trip is to be missionaries spreading God’s love through music,” says music teacher Hector Flores. For 10 days they will be performing at different venues such as churches, schools, and hospitals. Jeannie Leiterman, principal of Andrews Academy, will be joining the group on their trip.

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Silhouettes, AA’s select choir, performs at the Paw Paw SDA church, January 16.

While in Thailand the group will spend time exploring the beautiful countryside and famous landmarks as well as enjoying the warm weather. Flores plans on taking the group on a boat ride around Phuket Island.

Flores’ connection with Thailand started when a previous music teacher at Andrews Academy, Mr. Karlton Keller, called asking for old recordings from the school. The two soon made plans to have the music groups make a trip to Thailand during spring break.

A trip like this is not easy to put together and requires much time and planning, as well as significant funding. Each student must raise 1,500 dollars. And although 53 students will be making the trip, those funds are barely enough to cover all expenses.

Offerings from local community churches during performances have provided additional funding, but more is still needed as the departure date approaches.

Students who cannot raise enough money are feeling the pressure of not making the trip to Thailand. Flores has provided prewritten letters for the students to send to family members and friends. Many students have been proactive, sending as many letters as possible, while others have been slack in their fundraising. In the past Flores would never leave students behind because of financial problems, but he says this year may be different due to the lack of effort from many of the students.

Although money is a big issue, Director Flores says the biggest challenge is dealing with the long distance planning that he is not able to supervise. He is asking for prayers that everything will go smoothly.

Anyone wishing to contribute to tour expenses is encouraged to contact Mr. Flores through Andrews Academy’s front office.

 

Music Groups to travel to Guatemala

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This spring break, March 13-23, Silhouettes and Strings members will go on a mission trip to Guatemala. The trip is ten days long and the mission is to teach others about Jesus through music.

Students who plan to attend the trip are responsible for raising $1,000. Director Hector Flores expects everyone in the two music groups to attend, so the group will be doing fundraising to offset the costs. Currently, students are soliciting financial support through letters to family and friends.

Flores says, “This is the first mission trip for the two music groups at AA.” He also says, “I wanted to plan this trip not only for the people they’re going to perform for, but also for the students at AA.”

Hector Flores seems to be pretty excited about this trip for all the different experiences they will have through their music. As for the students their looking forward most to meeting people, gaining a better relationship with Jesus, and of course sharing the gospel with others. For Raquel Cecil and Ben Shelley this won’t be their first mission trip, but for Jordanne Howell-Walton and many others this will be a first.

Jordanne says, “I want to share the gospel to Guatemala, but I also want Guatemala to show me the gospel.”

Ben Shelley said, “I want others to gain a blessing as well as myself.”

The main goal for the AA students attending this mission trip is to change their own life as well as the lives of others. This trip will show the beauty of the hearts of many students at Andrews Academy.

Choral program purchases new piano

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Thanks to a generous donation, the Andrews Academy choral program received a new baby grand piano on Thursday, September 6. The cost was eight thousand dollars which, according to music teacher Mr. Hector Flores, is a great price for a piano like that.  It’s also a great investment for the school.

Mr. Flores said that the old piano’s tone wasn’t as good as the baby grand piano’s acoustics.

The new piano is a Young Chang, and it will be used by the music department for choir, recitals, and for students to practice on.  It replaces a well-worn upright piano.

A baby grand piano was chosen because the sound is much better than an upright. ‘’I prefer the sound and quality of the grand piano,’’ Mr. Flores said.  The AA music department will be investing in a humidity control system for the piano so that it will stay in tune and last as long as possible.

Mr. Flores really likes the new piano and thinks it is a good investment and a much needed purchase.

 

Andrews Music Programs Pack PMC, HPAC

For the first time in over five years, the Christmas music program “Feast of Lights” was coordinated by two music teachers: Mr. Graves and Mr. Flores. In addition to the Feast of Lights, this year marked the first Academy Christmas Pops concert, an evening of secular Christmas music which happened the following Saturday night.  Months were spent preparing the symphony orchestra, string orchestra, concert band, choir and silhouettes for the two concerts which, according to audience member interviews, was nothing less than professional.

This year’s Feast of Lights involved more advanced pieces for all the performers, including an eight-part collaboration between the Silhouettes and the string orchestra, with soloists Breanna Wood, Yewon Kim, Anhui (Annie) Jeong, Kelsey Robertson, and Bethany Goodwind. Both the string and symphony orchestras featured Gielle Kuhn on harp and performers from the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra and the Andrews University Orchestra.

The Christmas Pops concert, held at the Howard Performing Arts Center, featured performances by the symphony orchestra, string orchestra, Silhouettes, concert band, a special music by John Henri Rorabeck, Cavan Miller and Jeshua Moore.

Drawing the evening to an exciting close, Mr. Graves conducted both the symphony orchestra and the concert band in the grand finale, Leroy Anderson’s rendition of Sleigh Ride.

The audience reaction to both concerts was very positive.  Many attendees admitted they were impressed with the complexity of the music selection, and although some students (privately) admitted mistakes made during the performances, this did not prevent them from captivating audiences and glorifying God.

 

 

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