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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The sound of young voices singing in a choir ensemble can be one of the sweetest sounds to hear. You can treat your musical palate to the best elementary school age singing voices in the district soon. The Judson ISD Elementary School Honor Choir Concert is set for Saturday February 21, 2015, 2 pm at the JISD Performing Arts Center located next to Judson High School. The group will be led by Special Guest Conductor Marguerite McCormick, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus with the San Antonio Children’s Chorus. It should be a great concert with many proud parents.
As a student musician, there is no higher honor than to be selected to the TMEA All-State Band or Choir. Five students from Judson ISD accomplished just that and will be performing soon here in San Antonio. Paula Wilson (Judson), Scott Roger (Judson), Carlton Graves (Wagner), Natalie Vela (Wagner) and Otoniel Rodriguez (Wagner) were selected for either the All-State Band or All-State Choir. To put this in perspective, only .01% of the musicians around the state are chosen for this select group. Auditions started in November with students advancing through the district and region levels and concluded in January for state. This achievement is not just a pat on the back for personal pride either, but will also help them garner scholarship money with which to go to college. They will be performing on February 14, 2015 at the Lila Cockrell Auditorium as part of the TMEA State Convention being hosted here in San Antonio. Congratulations to these students.
Paula Wilson - 10th Grade Flute, Judson High School Band, Director – Jeff Keyes
Scott Roger – 10th Grade, Tenor 1 – Judson High School Choir, Director Kay Sherrill
Carlton Graves – 10th Grade, Baritone Saxophone – Wagner High School Band, Director – Mark LeGault
Natalie Vela – 11th Grade, Oboe – Wagner High Band, Director – Mark LeGault
Otoniel Rodriguez – 12th Grade, Bass 1 – Wagner High School Choir, Director - Antionette Harris
This is Wagner HS Choir first TMEA All State student.