Monday, December 1, 2014

Middle School Monday - Choral Singing

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Since we had a very short school week last week, but a busy week in  terms of holiday activities, I decided to share a little about Kennady's music education with the Children's Chorus.

Kennady has always enjoyed music and I wish we'd been able to get her involved in music instruction earlier than we did. One group I'd been particularly interested in was a Children's Chorus in our county, but getting Kennady to the auditions for joining the chorus proved a challenge. In the spring of 2013 I finally managed that and she is now in her second year with the chorus. This isn't just a kids' choir for fun, but is a comprehensive music education and performance program. They practice weekly through the school year, with a few extended practices on Saturdays. There are two major concerts each year for the full chorus (there are four age group divisions as well as a boys group) in winter and in spring. The smaller age group choirs also do several local performances.

One of the important performances each year is to provide special music for a service at the church that is host to the rehearsals. This year (last Sunday, November 23rd) it was my turn to take Kennady to this performance and to enjoy the traditional Lutheran service.
Middle School Monday - Choral Singing
final warm-up before the service
Middle School Monday - Choral Singing

Last Monday evening, the Chorus also provided Christmas music for a meeting of a local historical society.
Middle School Monday - Choral Singing

Middle School Monday - Choral Singing

This Saturday they will be caroling during a downtown shopping event, and my own choir is performing at a different event, so I won't even be able to get pictures of that. The Winter Celebration concert is coming up on December 14th, and I'm looking forward to that! Here are a couple of pictures from last year's Winter Celebration:
Middle School Monday - Choral Singing

Middle School Monday - Choral Singing

In the spring of 2014, Kennady and I traveled with the chorus to Philadelphia, where they sang in an adjudicated festival, and achieved top scores. Scores that garnered an invitation for the chorus to perform as part of the National Children's Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York in June 2015. And yes, we have already been engaged in fundraising in order to pay for Kennady's trip there!

 How do you include music or other fine arts studies in your homeschool? Leave a comment and let me know!

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