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Wellness Committee hosts virtual holiday concert

Published: December 16, 2020 by Kyle Rogers

Dental student Helen Liu performs “The First Noel.
Dental student Helen Liu performs “The First Noel” at the Wellness Committee's virtual holiday concert.

To kick off the holiday season, the Wellness Committee at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston held a virtual concert Dec. 15 via Cisco Webex. A recording of the event is available for viewing at (UTHealth credentials required for log-in).

Several members of the faculty, staff, and student body shared renditions of their favorite festive songs.

In order of appearance, performances included:

  • Cesar Zapata, first-year dental student, on guitar and singing “O Holy Night;”
  • Helen Liu, first-year dental student, on ukulele and keyboard while singing “The First Noel;”
  • Colin Kappel, first-year dental student, on violin playing “White Christmas;” followed by David Fray, DDS, MBA, professor, singing “White Christmas;”
  • Laura Arsto, second-year dental student, on keyboard; and Meghna Dara, second-year dental student, on tambourine, together singing “What Christmas Means to Me;”
  • Neha Parikh, PhD, assistant professor, on flute playing “Silent Night;”
  • Kappel on violin a second time, playing “Partita No. 2 in D Minor;”
  • Joy Nisnisan, third-year dental student, singing; and Nico Cagulada, fiancé, on guitar, performing together “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;”
  • Connie Dieringer, chief histology technician, on guitar and singing, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”
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