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Pingry Celebrates the Holidays in Winter Festival

An annual event for the entire school, and a wonderful performance opportunity for Pingry's talented musicians, the Winter Festival on the Basking Ridge Campus is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. It is the only opportunity for all students from Short Hills and Basking Ridge to be together, and they do so for this special concert that marks the holiday season. Seeing all of the ensembles on the Hauser Auditorium stage, as well as students, faculty, and staff filling every seat of the auditorium—a standing-room only event—truly makes the event a community celebration.

Headmaster's Greeting
Prior to the concert, Headmaster Nat Conard P '09, '11 requested a round of applause to welcome the Short Hills students and noted the Festival debut for new Lower School music teacher Ms. Emma Liu. He went on to say that, during this season of celebration, "It is wonderful and important to share what we have in common and make a special effort to share the gift of friendship."

Presentation of Gifts
Continuing Pingry's tradition of community and civic engagement, retired Spanish teacher Vic Nazario P '90, '94 returned to present toys and the Lower School's gifts from its Mitten Tree to Lisa Floyd of Lift for Learning. "It is good to be back home—I consider this place my home," he said in emotional remarks to the audience.

Candle Lighting
In another tradition, Student Body President Andrew Cowen '19 assisted Kindergarten student Charles Brunhouse (son of Director of Admission and Enrollment Allie Brunhouse '00 and Bif Brunhouse '00) in lighting the Festival Candle at Wednesday's performance—eliciting a huge cheer from the audience! Kindergarten student Riya Mirchandani (daughter of Sunil Mirchandani '93) lit the candle on Thursday.

The Program
Lower, Middle, and Upper School ensembles, including Choruses, Strings, Wind Sinfonia, Handbell Club, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble, performed a program that included December, Al Hanissim, Good King Wenceslas, Gospel Mass, C Jam Blues, a selection from the Christmas Concerto, Maoz Tzur, Sleigh Ride, and the Twelve Days of Christmas. Soloists were violinist Felicia Ho '19, Rajeev Doraswamy '19, Alex Kaplan '21, and James Wang '20.

Ensemble Directors
Vera Izano
Sean McAnally
Music Department Chair Dr. Andrew Moore
Alyson Whelan
Jay Winston

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer