Students at Washington School for Comprehensive Literacy had a special opportunity this school year to be a part of a choir run by high school choir students. Two North High School choir members, Casey Campbell and Megan Gleason mentored young singers in an after school choir called the Washington School Singers.
Every Wednesday afternoon, students at Washington school would go to the music room to rehearse. Casey and Megan worked with the students to teach them important aspects of using their voices, correct posture, good vowel shapes and, of course, the music. In December, they taught the singers good concert deportment in preparation for their first performance.
In December, the Northern Lights performed at Washington Elementary School as part of their annual tour day. It was a special moment when the Washington School Singers joined the Northern Lights for one of their selections. The Washington School Singers also performed at the December Holiday program for parents at Washington Elementary.
Casey and Megan continued to meet with the Washington School Singers throughout the spring to further the process of singing and learning songs.
On Monday, May 14th, Washington School Singers joined the choirs at North High in the opening of the North High Choral Department’s Spring Concert and Awards with a performance of “Music Brings Us Together”.
Students in North High Concert Choir are able to get Honors credit for doing additional projects and this type of project is an excellent example of work that benefits both the high school students and the elementary school children.
The planning for the elementary choir began last summer, when Janel Kunert, a lunch room aid Washington School approached Karen Christopherson, a music and vocal teacher at North High School and the Northern Lights Choir Director about the idea of having advanced choir students work with elementary school students. The two high school students were approaching with the opportunity and worked with Karen Christopherson to finalize details like finding appropriate warm-up material and of course, music that the students could perform. Kunert is the volunteer adviser for the student choir.