Look around your music room. Is anything missing? If your students are sitting cross-legged on the floor amidst piles of music, there might be some things you need. Even if they’re not, every music room needs furniture items like chairs, music cabinets, podiums and more.
Traveling with your school ensemble can be a wonderful experience for your students and your program. It can help deepen the social ties within your ensemble and it can help grow your program. It is also a marvelous and fun way for the director to receive some important musical feedback and observations from exceptional clinicians and adjudicators—something that is usually missing during classroom observations.
A love of making music is ingrained in the culture of not only our nation, but the entire world. The evidence of that can be seen in our traditions, our media, and, perhaps in its purest form, in our schools. One need only spend a few minutes with an elementary band, orchestra, or choir to see the unadulterated joy created by music.
On a November Saturday afternoon, a group known as One Joyful Choir came together in song to raise money for a hospital in Haiti. Consisting of 500 singers from over 130 Presbyterian churches from the southeast region of Pennsylvania, the singers performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located in the heart of Philadelphia. The event, dubbed Hallelujahs for Haiti, was created by the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Organization to raise money for earthquake relief — specifically to support Hôpital Sainte Croix in Léogâne, Haiti.
According to the One Joyful Choir’s website, “the presbytery is encouraging all churches and members to work together, sharing gifts and resources.” The overall concept was intended to provide people with an opportunity to spread fellowship and joy, while giving singers an opportunity to praise God and worship through the gift of music. This was the third year for this glorious event. The 2007 concert raised over $40,000 used to assist those in need around what is known as The City of Brotherly Love. This year the proceeds were used for Haitian earthquake relief.
Hallelujahs for Haiti was conducted by Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, a professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The choir was accompanied by Andrew Senn, organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, with piano, brass, and percussion used to accompany the massive choral production. Thirteen choral pieces were performed during the concert, including Jeffrey Honore’s composition “How Can I Keep from Singing” and Moses Hogan’s “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace.” An organ and church music professor from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota by the name of John Ferguson also composed an anthem for the concert. One Joyful Choir began rehearsing for this magnificent event many months prior, with all affiliated with the program devoting a great deal of their talent and time to provide beautiful music for a worthy cause.
Click here to visit the choir’s website.
We all know music budgets are stretched thin. Did you know J.W.Pepper can help you? Here’s an idea passed along to us from one of our customers. On our website we have a section titled Music Lists (http://www.jwpepper.com/musiclists). With Pepper Music Lists you can create public or private lists for your students, colleagues, parents, congregations and supporters. Sometimes you want to share a list for someone to buy the right music for themselves, but one of our creative customers found a way to use our music lists to boost their group’s music library.
Consider creating a list of music on your wish list for your organization. What better place to start than with children’s groups and local community groups? Once an item is purchased you can type in a thank you online next to the title they donated. We also offer fundraising brochures and sample announcements online to urge your supporters to donate. The customer who came up with this idea also printed a special thank you to individuals and families who made donations to their concert program.
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