North Yarmouth Academy’s (NYA) Key Club, along with Portland High School and Deering High School Key Clubs, organized a collaborative choral concert with singers from all three schools to benefit March of Dimes. The event will take place on Thursday, January 24, at the Deering High School Auditorium (370 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine) at 6:00 p.m. Various ensembles from NYA, Deering, and Portland will perform including a combined piece with all three choirs. Admission is free to attend the concert, but donations are highly encouraged. All proceeds will go to March of Dimes, an organization that helps support premature babies and their mothers.
The concert came together after the NYA chorus attended the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Music Festival in South Portland earlier this school year. NYA Choral Director, Nora Krainis, spoke to Portland and Deering Choir Director Peter Stickney, whose students also performed that evening, about possibly doing a joint concert. Krainis heard similarities in the groups and believed many of their songs would work well together. Coincidentally, the choirs unknowingly learned the same song for the festival.
Krainis approached singer and NYA Key Club President, Alex Markonish ’19, about organizing a benefit concert. “I am so glad that I was able to work with both my Key Club as well as Portland and Deering’s Key Clubs to put together this concert for such a great cause!” said Markonish. “The concert is made up of various songs with uplifting messages of hope and togetherness. We thought this would go well with and support March of Dimes’ message. I would like to thank Ms. Krainis, Dr. Stickney, and the presidents of Deering and Portland High School’s Key Clubs for all of their help in putting together this wonderful event!
North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students.