By Graciella Oteto
Mason Times Staff Writer
The annual Mason High School Chamber Music Concert took place casually and briefly Wednesday night, despite after-school activities being cancelled due to weather. Bad weather created an unusual chamber music concert in Mason High school, in which students could either perform a solo, be part of an ensemble or stay home. In spite of all after school activities being cancelled due to weather conditions, the concert took place at 8 p.m. as planned.
“Whoever comes to the door, can perform whatever they’d like to,” said Mason High School and Middle School band teacher, Beth Bousfield.
According to Bousfield, this is the first time something like this has ever happened, but she was ready to proceed after sending an email to parents, letting them know the concert was still on for those who were willing to attend.
From the beginning of the trimester, Mason High School had only 10 school days in January, due to 8 snow days. “This will be the first time I haven’t seen them play before a concert…I usually see them a few times and work with them beforehand,” said Bousfield.
With 8 snow days so far, the school district can only wait and see what the state plans on doing with the high number of snow days. Mason schools are allowed a total of six snow days without penalty, but with eight and possibly more, the state could decide to relax the rules for making up the days.
Students like Gwen Bagley, senior, did not seem to be affected tremendously by the snow days. “I was able to practice my solo at home, I also did scholarship applications, homework and stayed busy during the snow days,” she said. The snow days, however, did not allow Bagley to practice with her quintet partner for their performance. With more possible snow days ahead, Bagley is not worried about missing any more school, “I’m a senior, I don’t have to make it up,” she said.
The snow did not stop for Mason High School junior Ally Hackman, who was not expecting to have this many snow days. Hackman spent her time wisely during those days by listening to music and practicing her alto solo.
“It’s the feeling of music that I love, ” she said, and with that she is looking to continue her passion for music as she goes into college, possibly at Michigan State University.
Mason schools, will continue the trimester as planned, and hope for less snow and better weather, so all students, especially those who live further away, are able to attend school.