Do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do! Third, fourth and fifth graders everywhere have been practicing their vocals in the hopes that they will be selected to participate in the next All-State Elementary Choir. This is the second year that the All-State Elementary Choir has been held and over seven hundred Kansas students submitted audition tapes of themselves singing a capella, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (America). Of the seven hundred students who auditioned, a little over one hundred students were selected to be part of this performance.
Four of our own Topeka Public Schools students have been selected to be a member of the All-State Elementary Choir! Fourth-grade students at Meadows Elementary, Emma Culbertson, Kayleigh McCray and Natalie Ortiz along with a fifth-grade student at State Street Elementary, Emily Estrada were thrilled to find out that they have been chosen.
The hard work doesn’t end there; the students will have only two months to prepare for the President’s Concert at the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) in-service workshop on February 23, 2017. With the help of a rehearsal CD, family support and dedicated teachers (Josh Yoho, Molli Haller, Jennifer Gilbert and Bethany Linville), the students will learn the music before joining the other selected choir members that day in Wichita. Led by Elizabeth Nunez, a clinician/children’s choral director from New York, the choir will meet and rehearse February 23, with only a few breaks and then present their concert that evening.