Hidden Gems: Always Impressive

On February 7, members of our community came out to showcase their talents. Teacher Cathie Gryfe-Seeley, who has been both an organizer and a performer, was incredibly impressed by this year’s show and proud of the performers. 
“We had performers across the grades, duets and trios, parents who were new to our show, and veterans who knew how to bring their A game, including alumnus Lyle Herbert-Robertson ’18 with his surprise performance,” said Ms. Gryfe-Seeley. “The number of Junior School acts this year was incredible. And how about those French Horns! When it all came together for the show this year, it was quite magical.”

Parent Daniel Greaves, who has been involved in music both personally and professionally for almost 30 years, was a new addition to the show. 
“I wanted to take part in the concert this year in an effort to give back to the Georgian community that we’ve been lucky enough to be a part of for the past few years,” he said. “The show was great. It was nice to see all of the younger performers ‘do their thing’, as it reminded me of the first time I was in front of an audience and got a taste for public performance.”

Grade 5 student Max Balzer came back for a second year in a row, performing “Alexander Hamilton” with Keaton Mulcahy. He loved the performance and he loves the concept of Hidden Gems. 

“I know I have talent, but I struggle showing it. Being able to perform at Hidden Gems gives me a sense of confidence – I really enjoy all of the positive support coming from Ms. Johnson and all of the other teachers involved,” said Max. “Hidden Gems is a great way to do what you love and have teachers boost your confidence. People can be brave and show their talents.” 

Ms. Gryfe-Seeley echoed Max’s sentiments. 

“Hidden Gems gives people an opportunity to shine. Sometimes we don’t know what students are doing outside of school and it can take us by surprise to know that there is a hidden talent,” said Ms. Gryfe-Seeley. “We see shy kids as comedians and outgoing kids as jazz pianists. It can be an important piece of the teacher-student relationship, opening doors for conversations.”