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

Monday, April 30, 2012

Did You Know?

Did you know?...
     The scores of elementary instrumental music students on standardized math tests increased with each year they participated in the instrumental program.
                                                     -"Music Training Helps Underachievers,"  Nature, May 26, 1996.

     On the 1999 SAT, music students continued to outperform their non-arts peers, scoring 61 points higher on the verbal portion and 42 points higher on the math portion of the exam.
                                            -Steven M. Demorest and Steven J. Morrison, "Does Music Make you 
                                             Smarter?", Music Educators Journal, September 2000.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Street Corner Symphony Comes to the Sondheim Theatre

On Saturday, March 17, a cappella mens' sextet Street Corner Symphony performed at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts to an enthusiastic, sold-out audience.  This group was the runner-up in season one of NBC's TV hit show "The Sing-Off."  Audience members were treated to an exciting performance that contained songs from country to pop to gospel, allowing the group to show off their considerable vocal talents.  This Nashville group is comprised of two sets of brothers, one of which are the grandchildren of legendary gospel singer Bill Shaw from The Blackwood Brothers.  Fairfield High School's jazz choir, Jazz Ex., was thrilled to be the opening act for the show.  They also sang with SCS on two of their songs, which, judging from the students' facebook posts, they found extremely exciting.  Life-changing, in fact.  This writer is gratified to add that John, the group's tenor, gave a plug for the importance of high school choir in honing skills necessary for performing groups everywhere.  He added the enrichment music gives to peoples' lives is immeasurable, and urged the audience to continue to support their high school musicians.  Well-sung, Street Corner Symphony!  Below is a pic of SCS with FHS' singers.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pence Spring Program

It's time once again to celebrate all things spring with song!  The Pence Kindergartens and First Grades will be presenting their spring program on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm in the Pence Gym.  Entitled "We Sing of Spring", it features music about all things spring.  The students have been working hard on their music, and are excited to share it with friends and family!  Come and join us!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Fairfield Singers Snag Three Spots in All-State Jazz Choir

Fairfield High School students Max Sloat, Haven Tichy and Claudia Sloat were chosen for the Iowa All-State Jazz Choir when auditions were held March 27th at Wartburg College.  Michael Gookin and Baylee Bowman were chosen as alternates.  According to FHS director Zach Reiter, Fairfield tied with 2 other schools getting the most singers into the elite group.  The choir, consisting of 20 singers, performs annually at the Iowa Choral Director's Symposium in Mason City in July.  This year the group will be rehearsed and directed by Dr. Lee Nelson, head of choral activities at Wartburg College in Waverly.  The students rehearsed diligently for the rigorous audition process which is as follows:  auditions began in the morning with one judge adjudicating each voice part.  The top singers were recalled and evaluated by the entire judging panel during the afternoon, with the announcement of the members selected being made during the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships Awards Ceremony in the evening.   Singers were judged in the categories of Time/Feel, Intonation, Accuracy, Tone Quality, Scales, Sight-Reading and Jazz Concepts.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fairfield High School Musicians Receive Outstanding Performer Awards

On Saturday, March 24, Fairfield High School hosted the Iowa High School Music Association's Solo/Ensemble Contest.  Area 3A schools' musicians performed in various vocal and instrumental ensembles and solos for a judge and a rating.  Fairfield had 2 instrumental centers and 1 vocal center in which the judge can give an Outstanding Performer Award to that soloist or group which he or she felt was the best of the events they heard all day. FHS senior Matt McCan received this award in center 3 for his trumpet solo, and the FHS women's choir received this award in center 1.  Fairfield's 15 vocal events received all I ratings, which is probably a first in FHS' history.  Fairfield's instrumental events received 10 I ratings and 5 II ratings.  Recipients of the Outstanding Performer Award have the honor of performing in a showcase recital at Iowa State University on Wednesday, May 9.