Grand Canyon University recently came out to share their holiday spirit in the way of song. The group performed a medley for students at Sierra Academy of Scottsdale, one of whom is Critical Mass performer Sam Brown’s older brother, Hunter. Critical Mass students are featured at a number of winter University events.

“It was really cool to see him,” Sam said about the opportunity to perform for his brother and his peers. “It was honestly such a beautiful experience seeing all these children, who are special needs, and just how happy they were. The innocence of it was beautiful.” Hunter always has been nonverbal but found a way to connect to and appreciate music and the arts, an appreciation that Sam himself would pick up on.

The idea to visit these schools was presented to Music Director Mark Fearey by Brown and resulted in an experience that moved the Critical Mass students and the audiences for which they performed.