The District’s Professional Learning Communities regularly generate programming that enriches student learning. The latest initiative brought together some 280 male vocalists from the middle and high school choirs to form the District’s first Men’s Honor Choir. The ensemble rehearsed together before presenting a public concert on Jan. 27, 2015.
It’s was a simple plan, really. Eighth grade boys from Franklin, Harding, McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson middle schools District middle schools were invited to blend their voices with men from the Jefferson, Kennedy, and Washington high school choral programs.
“The middle and high school music teachers chose to start this honor choir as a way to encourage more men to participate in the high school choral programs,” explained Nick Oswald, Jefferson High School choral director. ”We felt that the best way to encourage middle schoolers was to show the younger singers how much fun it is to sing in high school. The high school men will serve as their mentors during the day-long event.”
Mount Mercy University hosted the honor choir. Dr. Gerald Kreitzer, Mount Mercy Choral Director, conducted the honor choir, along with the high school directors.