Booster Gala A Night of Celebration

Beautiful Presentation of Dessserts
Most Excellent Silent Auction Items

Inspiring Student Performances

Booster Volunteer Staff Facilitated the Event

A great big THANK YOU to all who assisted in planning, preparing, and facilitating the Second Annual  Holt Vocal Music Booster Gala.  This event was envisioned as an annual celebration of the vocal music program at Holt High School. The event was a great success as the program was highlighted by most excellent student performances, and patrons had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items donated my community patrons.


State Solo and Ensemble Schedule Released

The final schedule for MSVMA State Solo and Ensemble Festival has been released:

The festival will take place March 24th and 25th at Paw Paw High School,  30609 Red Arrow Hwy, Paw Paw, MI 49079

Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to their warm up times. Music must be memorized and all verses of all songs must be performed.

Mr. Pizanis will meet students at their respective warm up rooms.

Scheduled Performances       

Friday, March 24th
6:15 Warm up; 6:30 Performance; Abby Burger; Rm I
7:00 Warm up; 7:15 Performance; Adele Colson; Rm D
7:15 Warm up; 7:30 Performance; Michael Bachman; Rm F
7:45 Warm up; 8:00 Performnance; Marina Threadgould; Rm I
8:00 Warm up; 8:15 Performance; Alexis Tochiki; Rm B
8:30 Warm up; 8:45 Performance; Paige Reynolds; Rm F
8:45 Warm up; 9:00 Performance; Kennedi Carpenter; Rm F

Saturday, March 25th
10:30am Warm up; 10:45am Performance; Ann Lyon; Rm H
11:15am Warm up; 11:30am Performance; Jordan Clark; Rm E
2:00pm Warm up; 2:15pm Performance; Taylor Herrmann; Rm D



Holiday Concert Rescheduled

Due to the schedule crisis created by inclement weather conditions, the Holiday Concert has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 15th at 7:30pm.  It will immediately follow the junior high choir concert which takes place at 6:30pm.  Both concerts will take place in the HHS Margaret Livensparger Theater.  High school choristers should arrive at the high school choir room in wardrobe no later than 6:45pm.

HHS’s “Beauty and the Beast” A Must-See

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Holt High School’s Beauty and the Beast is currently running at HHS’s Margaret Livensparger Theater.  It is filled with HHS choristers and is an absolute delight to watch!

Directors Seth Burk and Spencer Sullivan have worked their magic. The set is minimalistic in design and enchanting.  Susan Morgan’s tech crew and the cast join together to make sure the show moves seamlessly from scene to scene without the curtain closing, making for a show that moves smoothly and efficiently.  The show runs for a quick 130 minutes.

Showtimes are tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th) at 7PM and Sunday, December 11th at 2pm.  Tickets are $10  and may be purchased at the door.

You don’t want to miss this!  See you there!

Holiday Concert Tuesday, December 13th


The Holt Choirs’ annual Holiday Concert will be held next Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm.  The concert will take place at Holt High School’s Margaret Livensparger Theater.  This is a required performance for all choristers. The concert is free and open to the public.

Student performers should arrive no later than 6:15pm and should meet in the Choir Room. Students should arrive in wardrobe, which may be checked out prior to the concert so that students may change at home, or students may check out wardrobe when they arrive Tuesday evening prior to the concert, and change at school.  Students desiring to change immediately prior to the concert should plan to arrive no later than 5:30pm.

The concert will feature all of Holt High School’s four performing groups and will last about 75 minutes.  The order of performance will be as follows: Belle Chanson; Men of Holt; Cantique; Chorale; Mass Chorus; Mass Chorus and alumni for performance of Handel’s “Hallelujah.”

Plan to attend and bring friends and neighbors.  The concert is sure to be excellent, and will be a wonderful way to usher in the Holidays!


Choir Family Loses Beloved Member

Jane Aylsworth Obituary

Janie Aylsworth was known to many as the “best teacher ever.”  She served the Holt district as teacher for 40 years.  She, her husband Chuck have avid supporters of the Holt Vocal Music Program since their daughter Elizabeth attended.  Janie served as Holt Vocal Music Boosters President and worked tirelessly on behalf of the Holt choristers and program.  The obituary tribute to her life is below.  Thanks, Janie Aylsworth, the choir family will remember, and miss you.

Beloved wife, mother, and teacher, Jane “Janie” Aylsworth, age 63, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.  Janie was born on June 11, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan, to Margaret and Marino “Gene” Scarpone and was the eldest of seven children.  Growing up, Janie had an innate talent for teaching and dreamed of one day becoming an elementary school teacher.  A voracious learner, Janie graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College and obtained her Master’s Degree from Michigan State University.  Janie, known best as “Mrs. A.,” spent the past 40 years as a teacher in the Holt Public School system, spending the majority of her career teaching and nurturing first graders until her retirement in June 2016.  An avid baker, Janie was renowned for her exquisite baked goods and sweet treats.  Janie also loved to spend time gardening, reading, attending musicals, operas, and symphony concerts, and exuberantly supported her daughter Elizabeth in all of her creative endeavors.  Janie married her soulmate Charles “Chuck” Aylsworth on August 13, 1976, and together they shared forty years of love, laughter, and joy.  Janie was an inspiration to many with her unlimited passion and talent for teaching, her unwavering faith in God, and her incredible spiritual strength throughout her cancer journey—a true “earthly angel,” Sempre Coraggio.

Janie was preceded in death by her father, Gene.  Surviving family members include her husband Chuck, daughter Elizabeth, her mother Margaret, her six brothers and sisters: Jim, Jeanne, John, Jerry, Joanne, and Janet, and her black lab Bella.

Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, at Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, located at 2121 N. Cedar Street in Holt, MI.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 28, at 11:00 a.m. at River Terrace Church, located at 1509 River Terrace Drive in East Lansing, MI.


Published in Lansing State Journal on Nov. 27, 2016– See more at:

District Solo and Ensemble Registrations Begin


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Holt Alumna Elizabeth Barry, MA Performing Arts

MSVMA District 8 High School Solo and Ensemble Festival 2017 registrations are now open.

Solo and Ensemble Festival is an event held at Parma Western High School near Jackson.  It will be held Friday and Saturday, January 13th and 14th. Students will prepare two pieces of contrasting nature to perform before a judge, and their performance will be critiqued with praise for accomplishment and constructive criticism from which to grow. Participation in this event is voluntary. The cost of participating is $18 for registration and $35 accompanist fee if students need a school-assigned accompanist. The Holt Vocal Music Boosters traditionally offers $18 scholarship to offset accompanist fees, making the total student investment $35.

Students who receive an overall evaluation of “Excellent” or “Superior” will qualify for State Solo and Ensemble which will be held March 24th and 25th at Portage Central High School March 24 and 25, 2017.  State festival requires students to choose one new piece to prepare, and to prepare for a sight reading test. Students who attend District festival and qualify for State are under no obligation to participate in State festival.

Students are encouraged to wear “dressy casual” wardrobe for the event.  Mr. Bishop will assist in coordinating rides when necessary to make sure that each student who desires to participate has the opportunity to do so without transportation issues.

Students may register and pay via this blog site if convenient (see PayPal option right column).

Holt Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The Holt Choirs are invited to perform at the Holt Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Wednesday, November 30th.

Students should arrive no later than 6:15; the ceremony begins in Holt Memorial Park behind the Holt Public Library and Fire Station at 6:30pm.  The ceremony will conclude no later than 7Ppm. Students will provide their own transportation to and from the event.  Singers should dress casually and warm (although the weather forecast is for mid 50s!)

This is not a required event! However, all students are strongly encouraged to attend.  it is a fun social time that you won’t want to miss!  The event is free to the public.


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