PS 22 Chorus- "Don't Stop Believin'"

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pence Students Shine in Spring Concert May 24th

The Pence 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders certainly did "shine" as they presented their spring concert entitled "Children of the World" on May 24th in the high school auditorium.  Under the glare of the hot stage lights, students sang folk songs and read fun facts about the countries of Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Wales, Israel, Japan, Germany, Canada and the United States.  Also included in the concert was a power point presentation of iconic pictures of each country.  Each class also made a poster of fun facts and pictures about their country, which was on display in the lobby of the auditorium.   I would like to thank the following for helping make the concert a success:  Nathan Wear
                  Zach Reiter - Lights and Sound
                  Power Point & Curtain - Rachel Keller
                  Videographer - John Grunwald
                  Classroom teachers - Mrs. Shea, Mrs. Bowman, Mrs. Sobaski, Ms. Crall, Mrs. Lewis,
                  Mrs. Hutchings, Mr. Boatright, Mr. Strickler and Mrs. Buckley
                  FHS Choirs - Platform risers

Congratulations, students!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

We're All Children of the World!

Tonight is the night! Open the curtain and raise the lights! Pence Elementary's second, third, and fourth graders put on a delightful show of diversity and unity in song in the Fairfield High School auditorium in just a few short minutes! So brave the heat, humidity, and weather and join us for a night of music in "We're All Children of the World", directed by Mrs. Connie Keller.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

We Survived the FHS Auditorium!

What a nice audience we had at the FHS Spring Concert on Tuesday night!  The audience bravely battled through the heat and humidity with their programs waving as they listened to an astonishing array of musical talent from our students.  The concert was slightly long, especially considering the heat, but the great performances were not to be missed.  I hope the audience left the concert feeling uplifted by the inspiring music of the students.  And I hope the students felt proud and uplifted by their music.  

I think Charles Kingsley, English author and poet, said it best:  "There is something very wonderful in music.   Words are wonderful enough;  but music is even more wonderful...Music soothes us, stirs us up;  it puts noble feelings in us;  it melts us to tears, we know not how:  it is a language by itself, just as perfect, in its way, as speech, as words;  just as divine, just as blessed..."

Bravo, students!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa

Well, it has been a lot of work, and the time is approaching for the Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa Spring Concert.  While rehearsing with this group has been more time consuming than I imagined, hopefully the rewards of performing well will compensate for that.  Above you can read about all the details of the concert - time, place, date and tickets.  I hope you'll come to the beautiful Sondheim Theatre in Fairfield on May 28 for an evening of enjoyable music!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Large Group Music Contest Update

We Came, We Saw, We Conquered!!

Congratulations to the Fairfield High School music students for their awesome musical performances last Friday night, May 6.  Fairfield had its most successful Large Group Music Contest experience ever last Friday when we sent almost 220 students to Fort Madison High School to perform.  Fairfield Concert Band, Men's Choir, Women's Choir and Chamber Choir all came home with Division I Superior ratings.  All three judges in each category gave straight I's to these groups.  Some of the comments on the written judges' ballots were:

"Wonderful sound ladies"
"Emotional involvement was wonderful"
"Excellent work, excellent literature"
"A very well-disciplined group"
"Lots of great singing going on"

Directors for the ensembles are:  Freshman Band - Mr. Adam, Concert Band - Mr. Edgeton, Men's Choir and Chamber Choir - Mr. Reiter, Women's Choir - Mrs. Keller.  The contest is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association.

Thank you to the students for their time and commitment to excellence!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

High School Music Recognition Night - Date has been moved

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Parents, friends and relatives of Fairfield High School music students - 
It's time to recognize the achievements of your high school musician.  Come and join us on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 pm in the HS Commons as we award and recognize the commitment of time and hard work of these special musicians.  Choir and Band letters will be awarded, as well as the special band and choir awards for outstanding senior musician.  We hope to see you there to show your support of FHS' outstanding music department.

Fairfield High School Spring Concert

     The FHS 9-12 spring concert will be Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium.  Instrumental ensembles featured on the concert will be the Freshman Band, the Jazz Band, the 10-12 Concert Band and the drum line.  Vocal ensembles performing will be the 9-12 Men's Choir, the 9-12 Women's Choir, the Freshman Ensemble, and the Chamber Choir.  Most of the groups will be performing pieces they performed at the State Large Group Contest on May 6.  Accompanists for the choirs are Connie Keller and Michael Gookin, with Rachel Schwarz as a vocal soloist in the Women's Choir, and Shannon Cochran as a Chamber Choir soloist.
Instrumental directors are Jim Edgeton and Aaron Adam, with the choirs under the direction of Zach Reiter and Connie Keller.