“Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.” Psalm 33:3. The music department saw a lot of activity this winter - mostly in the form of festivals, contests, and concerts. The fifth and sixth graders attended the symphony in January. The Wichita Symphony Young People’s Concert is designed to engage elementary students and give them an opportunity to hear a professional orchestra in a kid-friendly environment. The students followed up the concert with a visit to The Wichita Art Museum for a tour. The art museum has some amazing blown glass displays, including a huge chandelier by the world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly.
February began with Ellie Good participating in the KSHSAA Regional Piano Festival, where she received a “I” rating. As a result, she advanced to the State Festival at Wichita State University on February 18 and finished with a "II" rating. At the end of February, nine students participated in the KMEA All-State Conference. Tayana Nord (saxophone) and Macy Mitchell (flute) took part in the 1234A All-State Band under the direction of Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin. Kate Roseberry (soprano) and Kaitlyn Schanbacher (soprano) sang in the All-State Mixed Choir under the direction of Z. Randall Stroope. They performed several of his arrangements, making the pieces even more memorable, having worked with the composer. Kessa Case (soprano) and Atiera Langenberg (alto) sang with the All-State Treble Choir and worked with Michael Hanawalt to perform his arrangement of a traditional Scottish carol. In addition, three middle school students (Ivy Busenitz, NaYu Lee, and Madison Nickel) sang with the Middle-Level All-State Choir. They learned how to sing an Iranian folk song and a SeSotho folk song under the direction of Kari Adams.