This day in Mohawk Valley history: April 5, 1962

The Morris Chronicle, April 5, 1962, Morris, Otsego County, NY

Chorus from 5 Schools Takes Part In Area Music Festival

Chorus from 5 Schools Takes Part In Area Music Festival

Group of students from Gilbertsville, Laurens, Morris, Mt. Upton and Otego

The 1962 Area Music Festival Concert was played to a full house last Friday evening in the Gilbertsville Central School auditorium. Even though admission was charged for the first time in the history of the festival, about 300 people attended the gala performance of the bands and chorus by 250 area students from Gilbertsville, Laurens, Morris, Mt. Upton, and Otego.

The program was opened by a welcome from Addison Smith, supervising principal at Gilbertsville Central. An excellent musical performance was given by the students of Band A, Chorus, and Band B. The groups were conducted by the area directors, Clinton A. Clark, Douglas J. Jones, Derold I. Kaine, John F. McElroy, and Warren F. Tarbell, Piano accompaniments for chorus were played by Diane Armstrong and Barbara Jones.

Mrs. Clifford Wescot and the G.C.S. cafeteria staff served a very tasty meal to about 200 participating students and directors. All students were invited to dine at the cafeteria, however some preferred the menu of the local eating establishments, and still others had to go home to work and return for the concert. It is hoped that the admission charge will finance the meal and other program.

The area directors report that it was a rewarding experience to work with so many conscientious and talented student musicians. the organizations all gave very fine performances and it is not easy for the students to get used to the different directors in two rehearsals. It is regrettable that the lack of space did not allow students to hear other organizations perform. Perhaps smaller groups and reserved seats for those students wanting to listen should be considered in future planning.

The students behaved like ladies and gentlemen and were exemplary representatives of their schools and communities.

Source:New York State Historic Newspapers