East Singers host Coffeehouse showcase


Ciara Mulligan ('23)

Stay Tuned performs at Coffeehouse 2022.

Last weekend, East hosted its first in-person Coffeehouse since the pandemic began. Hosted by East Singers, the event included many showcases of musical talent while raising money for Project Heal.

In the cafeteria, there was complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and tea as well as a bake sale happening. Tables were decorated with paper so people could create origami flowers while they sat and socialized. Groups of friends grabbed their coffees, teas, and hot chocolates and sat around tables talking while waiting for the performances to begin. When intermission came, the cafeteria was once again filled with people coming together to enjoy both the goodies from the bake sale and the company of others.

The show began with a performance by Elizabeth “Liz” Rohr (‘23) singing her song “Dancing On Your Own”, with Eric “Ricky” Hess (‘23) playing piano, Shyla Murray (‘23) on bass, and Max Venuti (‘23) on drums. Meanwhile, the East Singers sat patiently on the risers, getting ready to perform the song, “Java Jive” which appropriately fit the theme for the event.

Among other choir groups performing there were Voce, Belles of East, and Stay Tuned. Voce performed “When I Fall In Love” which was filled with beautiful harmonies. Belles of East performed “I Will Bring You Flowers” which fit the flowery theme of Project Heal. Stay Tuned was, as always, a crowd favorite with the song “Smile”.

Following Stay Tuned was an Indian dance from Arsha Garg (‘23) who dazzled the crowd with her flowy dress and bells. Emily Whitson (‘22) performed an equally dazzling flag routine, reminiscent of her time on East’s color guard team. Angela Bruno also danced for the crowd, giving an interpretive dance about fighting your inner demons.

One performance that especially touched hearts was the joint performance of Maggie (‘25) and Grace (‘22) Pierlott. The two sisters sang the song “For Good” together, showing off their sisterly love.

All of these performances came together to raise money for Project Heal, which hopes to create equal opportunities for those with eating disorders to receive treatment. East Singers did a wonderful job hosting Coffeehouse, drawing in a large audience for a good cause.