Children’s Choir

Our Children’s Choir rehearses in alternating units with Exploring Music and Crafts. This Choir experience allows the children to focus on both choral and musical skills (ringing of handbells) that the children will be able to use at St. Paul’s and at school.  We had a short session of children’s choir in preparation for our Easter Celebration.    The children sang a contemporary arrangement entitled A New Alleluia.  A syncopated piano part and handchime countermelody augmented the children’s voices.

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The First of Three Performances!  Great Job!

In planning ahead for next year, we are looking for ways to involve our older children and more advanced musicians.  One way to be involved is the new Cantabile bell choir for upper elementary and middle school aged children.  If your child would be interested in playing in the bell choir, please let Emily Reep know.

Tryouts were held for OAKE and Katherine Hutton and Amelia Reep should be congratulated when you see them.  They will be representing St. Paul’s at the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) national conference in Minneapolis, MN, March 18-21. Amelia and Katherine will join students from across the United States in working with nationally and world renowned conductors for several days of intense rehearsal and a final concert on Saturday, March 21st. The Organization American Kodaly Educators is a group of music educators dedicated to utilizing the methodology of Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) in the music classroom. In a lecture on children’s choirs in 1929, Kodaly said “Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture, but a joy for the pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime if the child is not filled at least once by the live giving stream of music during the most susceptible period-between his sixth and sixteenth years –it will hardly be of any use to him later on. Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime.” We hope that this choral experience will touch Amelia and Katherine’s souls for their lifetime.

Again, please keep in mind that the children are not just rehearsing for the purpose of performance, but it is also an educational time where they learn musical concepts and skills.

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