Troy Gartner sings at last senior recital

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By Ian Ong, Co-Student Life Editor

Accompanied by a skillful piano, a golden voice lights up the auditorium as students listen intently and applaud.

Senior Troy Gartner demonstrated his singing ability yesterday in the auditorium as part of his senior voice recital, the last performance he would have on stage as a Conestoga student. Open to all students and visitors during 8th period, the performance consisted of a total of ten different songs grouped into four repertoires. Gartner began his performance with classical pieces such as “My Lovely Celia” by G. Monro and “Sebben Crudele” by A. Caldara, then moving on to broadway pieces including “My Name” from the musical “Oliver” and “Mister Cellophane” from “Chicago.” The recital concluded with Gartner’s popular repertoire, featuring “21 Guns” by Green Day, “Mad World” by Tears for Fears and “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.

“I felt really nervous. I thought I was going to be horrible and that not many people were going to show up,” Gartner said. “Afterwards I felt really amazed, and I’m surprised they loved every song.”

Gartner began singing in 5th grade by participating in the school chorus. Since then, he has practiced regularly and taken voice lessons in order to hone his skills.

“In 9th grade, Christmas Eve, my aunt heard me by complete accident singing ‘Joy to the World.’ She loved it, told my parents about it and my parents signed me up for voice lessons,” Gartner said. “If it weren’t for her I probably wouldn’t be up on that stage.”

Before singing his last song, Gartner extended his thanks to his voice teacher Kim Russell, piano teacher Dianne Kronenberg and Conestoga choral director Suzanne Dickinger as well as his parents and grandparents for their support.

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