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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The sounds of the season were heard coming from the University Center on Tuesday, Dec. 3, as the Holiday Heights Elementary School Choir returned to UT Arlington to continue a 13-year tradition of holiday performances.
The choir, consisting of fourth and fifth-grade students, performed holiday-themed songs including the cherished favorite, Hot Cup of Cocoa. A reception for choir members and concert-goers followed the performance.
The Husky Harmonics, named for the school mascot ‘Husky,’ have been performing as part of the College of Education and Health Professions’ Education Holiday Reception since 2001.
Mark Dvorak, director of the choir and UT Arlington alumnus, looks forward to the event every year. “This event kicks off our holiday performances every December,” said Dvorak.
Dvorak received his bachelor's degree in music in 1983 and returned for his master’s degree in education in 1998. In 1999, he was awarded the UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus Service Award.
"I love coming back to UTA. It’s always been like coming home," said Dvorak of the event. "I think it’s a great experience for the kids at the elementary level to let them know that college is a possibility in their future and when they decide to go to college, I want them to come to UTA because it’s the best. It’s home."
The Husky Harmonics will return next year during the week immediately following Thanksgiving.