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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Eleven in '11

Here are some pictures from the All-State Music Festival in Ames on November 17-19.  
Fairfield All-State Band and Choir 2011
Front row left to right - Forrest Miller, Matt Burnstedt, Haven Tichy, Mitch Goudy, Matt McCan
Back row - Mr. Edgeton, Mr. Reiter, Max Sloat, Shannon Cochran, Baylee Bowman, Lindsey Higgins, Kaylen Marlay,
Claudia Sloat, Mrs. Keller

Matt McCan, 3rd year trumpet

First year vocals left to right - Forrest Miller, Baylee Bowman, Claudia Sloat, Mitch Goudy, Kaylen Marlay

Bowman Quartet Left to right - Haven Tichy, Baylee Bowman, Matt Burnstedt, Claudia Sloat

Cochran Quartet Left to right - Forrest Miller, Lindsey Higgins, Shannon Cochran, Max Sloat

Shannon Cochran, 4 year Soprano with Mr. Reiter and Mrs. Keller

Monday, November 21, 2011

It's Chocolate, It's Music - What's Not to Like?

Yes, it's time for Fairfield High School's annual "Chocolate Sunday", the fund raising event held each year for the FHS Fine Arts Department!  This is, in my opinion, the most fun event the fine arts department does all year.  It is scheduled for Sunday, December 4 in the the high school commons at 2:00 pm.  The FHS extra-curricular music ensembles will be performing, and the audience will get the chance to bid in a silent auction on themed gift baskets filled with goodies from area merchants.  Admission is $5.00 and it's all the chocolate you can eat!  So - what's not to like?  Join us for an afternoon of great music, chocolate and maybe the chance to do some  
holiday gift shopping.  Sunday, December 4 at 2:00.  See you there!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Can You Help?

The Pence 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders are busily preparing their lines and songs for the upcoming Christmas program on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm in the high school auditorium.  However, we are in need of some costumes and props for our show.  Following is a list of things needed.  If you have any of these items and would loan them to us, please email me at
You can also call me at Pence - 472-2957

                                        Here are the 2nd graders singing "It's Holiday Time!"

Costumes we need:
pretend mouse ears
stovepipe hat like Abe Lincoln wore
pretend bunny ears
curly red "Annie" wig
elf ears, possibly attached to elf hat for 8 elves
curly-toed elf shoes, several pair
old sheets with holes cut in them for eyes

Decorations for the stage:
big candy canes, possibly made from wood or cardboard
rag dolls
 Artificial Christmas trees with decorations and stand
Giant clock made from cardboard, with movable cardboard hands
Any other large Christmas decorations that would dress up the stage

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fairfield High School Gets 11 Into All-State Choir and Band!

FHS had one of its most successful years ever at the All-State Music Auditions held at Fairfield on Saturday, October 22nd.  Ten vocalists and one instrumentalist made the final cut into the All-State Choir and Band, which ties the all-time school record set in 2006.  Vocalists include Senior Shannon Cochran - 4th year All-State Soprano, Senior Max Sloat - 3rd year All-State Bass, Senior Haven Tichy - 2nd year All-State Bass, Senior Lindsey Higgins - 2nd year All-State Alto, Senior Matt Burnstedt - 2nd year All-State Tenor, Senior Kaylen Marlay - 1st year All-State alto, Junior Forrest Miller - 1st year All-State tenor, Junior Mitch Goudy - 1st year All-State tenor, Sophomore Claudia Sloat - 1st year All-State alto, and Sophomore Baylee Bowman - 1st year All-State soprano. Senior Matt McCan was the trumpet player selected for the All-State Band.  He is a 3rd year All-State Band member.

The selectivity of these ensembles is evidenced by the fact that approximately 12-15% of the students who audition are selected.  Fairfield can also be proud that they had the 3rd highest number of students selected in the southeast district, behind only Iowa City West and Iowa City City High.  Instrumental coaches are Jim Edgeton and Aaron Adam.  Vocal coaches are Connie Keller and Zach Reiter.

The All-Staters will be rehearsing at Iowa State University November 17-19, with the concert scheduled for Saturday night, November 19 in Hilton Coliseum.  The event is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association, in conjunction with the Iowa Music Educators Association.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Christmas musical rehearsal

Yes, even though it's early November, rehearsals are well under way for the 2-4 Pence Christmas program.  It is entitled "It's Christmas, Carol!" and is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm in the Fairfield High School Auditorium.  Pictured is a group of 3rd graders working on one of the songs for the program.