Chardon High School Choirs Sing for Mental Health Awareness

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On October 16th, Chardon High School choirs, comprising approximately 130 students led by Choir Director Fritz Streiff, performed a special community concert at Mayfield United Methodist Church.

The program, “Please Stay”, was developed by Streiff as an extension of the “Crucial Conversations” speaker series hosted the previous night at CHS by the school administration in conjunction with local partners – covering such teen issues as healthy habits, the dangers of vaping and social media, and the importance of ending mental illness stigma.

CHS’ “Please Stay” choir concert generated a full house audience and included performance of such pieces as “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, and “Rain Come Down”. The evening also featured a solo performance of “Colorblind” by CHS Senior Maddie Houser, who participated in the CLE Shining Star Vocal Competition earlier this year.

Betce Wainio, whose daughter attends ninth grade at CHS and sang in the “Please Stay” program as a member of the school’s Women’s Choir, said she loved the entire “Please Stay” concert.

“Our CHS choirs all did an amazing job pairing their singing talents and their concerns for mental health,” said Wainio. ““Bridge Over Troubled Water” brought both my husband and me to tears. I was extremely impressed with our students’ talents and their abilities to express their thoughts and feelings for those experiencing mental illness.”

Pictured In Cover Photo: On October 16th, Chardon High School choirs, collectively comprising approximately 130 students led by Choir Director Fritz Streiff, performed a special community concert, “Please Stay”, at Mayfield United Methodist Church.

Photo courtesy of Chardon Local School District

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