The Arts are such an important part of a total education and we have teachers that are going the extra mile to make sure it happens. Each year VH-1 Save The Music Foundation considers competitive submissions for its Keys+Kids Grant. This year they awarded just 18 grants across the country at $10,000 a piece. Wagner High School's Choir Department won one of those grants...the only one in Texas. That grant provided a Casio Celviano Grand HYbrid GP-500 piano and an equipment package that allows music and tracks to recorded and used for a number of different rehearsal purposes.
Wagner Choir Director Antionette Harris applied for the grant and was more than happy to demonstrate how the piano worked and could be employed to student musical rehearsals. We congratulate her and all the choir students that will benefit from this great tool for instruction, practices and even performances.
This piano grant was made possible by generous donors like Avnet, Inc. who have been consistently partnering with the VH-1 Save The Music Foundation for years. Avnet is a Fortune 500 company with offices in San Antonio.
Below Ed Morales of Avnet Inc. and Trell Thomas of VH-1 Save The Music
There's nothing like listening to the voices of young children who have been trained and taught in the art of choral music. The JISD Elementary Honor Choir gave a wonderful performance at the JISD Performing Arts Center. The group rehearsed and performed with Guest Conductor Irma Taute. Ms. Taute has been a music educator at virtually every level for more than 40 years and has maintained a private voice studio for instruction for more than 30 years. We appreciate her time and dedication with our students
The students performed such songs as I Want Two Wings, Rhythm of the Rain and How Can I Keep From Singing? Below are pictures of the memorable performance.
What a great benefit it is when someone who has a national and international reputation in a specific area, works with our kids. That's what happened recently at Wagner High School as Emily Ellsworth took time to work with choir students on some of the finer points of ensemble singing. Ms. Ellsworth has served on the Music Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, Editor of the Opera Workshop publication and is a highly requested guest clinician. She worked with the Varsity Mixed Choir as they rehearsed for their Christmas concert. What a great experience and a big thank you to Ms. Ellsworth for her time and efforts and to Wagner Choir Director Antionette Harris for arranging it.
It was a joyous ceremony as the Judson High School Choir unveiled a new Kawai CS10 hybrid piano. The piano gift was the result of Choir Director Kay Sherrill submitting for a competitive grant through the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The Keys+Kids grant that the school won was made possible by Avnet, Inc., a Fortune 500 technology company based in Phoenix, Arizona that's been around since the 1920s and has a branch office in northern Bexar County. The new hybrid piano is valued at $10,000. While it is an electric piano, it has the sound and feel of a concert grand piano. The presentation included representatives from VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Avnet Inc., Judson High School Administration, JISD Administration and the JISD School Board. Judson High School was one of twelve schools nationwide that were awarded this grant.
After the piano was unveiled, it was taken for a test drive by Judson High School Choir student Rachel Rogers who played Prelude in C sharp by Sergei Rachmaninov. Later the Judson Choir performed two pieces with the new piano. Part of the ceremony also included brief essays from some of the students that described what music and coming to sing each day means to them. Ms. Sherrill says the piano will be used daily for rehearsals and concert events and will be an integral part of music instruction for years to come. A big thank you to the Save The Music Foundation and Avnet for making this possible and making a difference for our students. We make beautiful music together like this.
It was a wonderful experience for all who attended the JISD Elementary Honor Choir Concert at the JISD Performing Arts Center. More than 100 students from all of our Judson ISD elementary school campuses participated under the direction of Marguerite McCormick. Ms. McCormick is the Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of The Children's Choir of San Antonio. The group performed songs such as "O Music," "Funga Alafia" (Song of Welcome) and "Grow Little Tree."
We want to congratulate each of the students for performing in this group and giving the gift of music to all who came to hear.
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