Elementary Musicians get into the Holiday Spirit

Jody Fuller (elementary school music) writes on the elementary school holiday music preparations and performances. The elementary school singers, choir and strings performed at Winterfest with the singers and choir offering an encore performance during the December 7 elementary school holiday gathering.

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The December 3 Winterfest celebration would not have been complete without music! Elementary school musicians prepared and presented wonderful performances featuring the third-grade singers, led by music teacher Jody Fuller, fourth and fifth-grade vocal choir, led by music teacher Karolee Kent, as well as beginning and advanced strings, led by orchestra teacher Tracey Su.

These performing groups filled the multi-purpose room and ASIJ Theater with beautiful music fit for the holidays.

All third-grade students formed an ensemble and began rehearsing in November. These young singers shared some great music such as Winter Fantasy—a partner song with Jingle Bells, Hanukkah Festival, a lovely song in three-fourths time, and an arrangement of Deck The Halls, creating two-part harmony in the choir. Our show-stopping number was Cool Santa, complete with choreography.

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The fourth and fifth-grade vocal choir is a co–curricular music ensemble for students with a passion to perform and an abiding love of music. The choir met every Tuesday after school from September through December. They prepared and performed a wide variety of songs from various genres and traditions. Come and See the Tiny King and It Must be Hanukkah were songs that expressed tender thoughts of the holiday season. The audience heard a beautiful two-part harmony in Let Us Walk in Peace while Grandma’s Feather Bed featured a variety of folk percussion and a jaw harp as well as some amusing sound effects. Christmas Sock Rock was a delightful finish to the choir performance and surprised us all as colorful socks “danced” to the voices of the choir.

The elementary school strings program has seen a surge of development and excitement under Tracey’s leadership. The orchestra performed a lovely selection entitled Petite Tango. The beginning string group is new this year and began rehearsing in September. These new string players offered an impressive display of their skill development through the traditional songs Lightly Row and the Twinkle Theme and Variation, accompanied by advanced strings.

If you would like to read more about the Winterfest festivities, check out our post, A Winterfest Story