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old fashion carolers
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A small ensemble dress in old fashion caroling costumes greeted guests in the lobby of The Center for the Arts.
Holiday Song
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The full chorus sang a spectacular selection of holiday songs.
Grandma and the Reindeer
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Grandma and a few reindeer made a special appearance as the chorus sang, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
The Chorale
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The Chorale sang two challenging holiday songs during the concert, including "Carol of the Bells."
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One of the most moving moments of the concert commemorated Jessica's formal graduation from Glehnolme.
Washington, CT - Each December, the Glenholme community joins together for the annual holiday concert - a joyous occasion for students, family members, friends, and faculty in The Center for the Arts. This year's concert - titled “Holiday Lights” - included solos, small group pieces, chorale numbers, and a spectacular selection of holiday songs performed by the full chorus.

Guests were greeted in the lobby by an ensemble of students dressed in old fashion caroling costumes. The carolers, conducted by Glenholme’s vocal instructor, Aaron-Noel Treppeda, sang several holiday favorites and provided a delightful introduction to the performance. During the concert, the audience enjoyed surprise visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus, who passed out candy to the audience, and Grandma, who somehow survived being run over by a reindeer! An audience sing-along favorite, “Jingle Bells,” brought the performance to an end with resounding applause and cheers.

In one of the most moving moments in Glenholme’s history, Ashlyn and Jessica sang “Temporary Home” to commemorate Jessica’s formal graduation from The Glenholme School. As Jessica is the first in her family to receive a high school diploma, this is truly an incredible accomplishment. While Jessica performed for the last time on a Glenholme stage, a video played displaying her many happy moments at the school. Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

The students' talent, positive energy, and commitment were all highlighted during this wonderful holiday performance. With a full house of onlookers, their voices and instruments were confident and strong throughout the entire concert. One student’s mother reflected on the effects of the Arts program, “Glenholme really needs to be commended - at last year’s concert, my daughter barely opened her mouth. Now, she sang right along with the others and I could actually hear her! She’s asking to take voice lessons too amazing!”

The Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding school for young people who are often considered fragile and complex, diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety as well as learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Our learning environment supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit Devereux Connecticut.
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The Glenholme School is accredited as an independent boarding school for children with special needs by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, with diploma granting privileges. Glenholme is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and approved by the Connecticut Board of Education, New Jersey Department of Education, California Department of Education, and the New York State Education Department.The Glenholme School, 81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, Connecticut 06793, phone: 860-868-7377, fax: 860-868-7894, email: