Here is a video and audio clip of the Conference Vocal Festival on October 25th. Approximately 360 vocalists and orchestra members gathered in the FHS gym to rehearse and perform the music of Mozart. Each school also performed one song. Following is a video of Fairfield's choir singing Moses Hogan's "Every Time I Feel the Spirit".
Here is an audio clip of the Festival Mass Choir singing Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus."
Monday, October 17, 2011
The FHS 10-12 Combined Choirs have been hard at work on music for the Conference Vocal Festival, which is coming up on Tuesday, October 25 in the high school gym. It will be a night of Mozart's music, complete with an orchestral accompaniment. Schools participating are Ottumwa, Mt. Pleasant, Ft. Madison, Keokuk, Washington and Fairfield. Orchestra members are mainly drawn from the Southeast Iowa Symphony, or the Ottumwa Symphony. The mass choir will be working throughout the day with a renowned guest conductor, followed by a 7:00 pm concert in the gym. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Each school will also be performing one song individually. It promises to be a night of great music, so make plans now to attend!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
In this day of school budget cuts, this question sometimes arises - if not spoken aloud, then spoken silently in our collective consciences. I found this quote the other day while looking at an excellent music education website. I think it answers this question well, so I would like to offer it here, along with acknowledgement of its author.
Do We Really Need the Arts?
“To create, one must first imagine; to imagine, one must first learn to see, to listen, to feel, to perceive. Music and the arts are the cornerstone of education in the broadest sense. They open our eyes and ears, develop and transform us personally, bond us emotionally with others, and offer a universal bridge of understanding in a troubled world. John F. Kennedy said it best: “The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose…and is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.” In this spirit, we present the best in music education for all ages, along with complementary art, dance, creative dramatics, and movement resources, to help restore the arts to the center, where they belong.”
-Mary Ann Stewart