The Pointercounts, a basso a capella group from the Crane School of Music, performed for the senior high school choruses across the Valley Stream Central High School District on December 22. Basso a capella groups sing in lower pitched voices in comparison to a typical a capella group.
Starting at Valley Stream North in the morning and making their way to Central and then South, the singers performed for about 20 minutes in each class and took questions from students. Presenting original arrangements, the 11 singers performed a variety of music, including current popular hits and folk classics. Students enthusiastically took in the performances and even asked for photos and autographs.
At South, the visit took on extra special meaning. Kyle Hayden, the school’s 7th and 8th grade chorus teacher, was a founding member of The Pointercounts when he was a student at the Crane School of Music. He greeted the performers, helped them answer student questions about the group’s history, and joined them singing the closing number. Later, South’s a capella group, The Jedwoods, had the opportunity to work with the Crane students on their repertoire and singing skills.
The students, at North, Central, and South could not have been a more enthusiastic and receptive audience. Planning is already underway to have The Pointercounts return at a date hopefully not too far into the future.