2011-03-10 / Local & State

District Fifth- Grade Song Fest To Be Held Here


This Friday, March 11, the auditorium at McConnellsburg High School will be humming – no, make that singing – with activity as 123 fifth-graders from 44 elementary schools prepare for the evening’s PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District IV Chorus Fest concert.

Following a day of rehearsal, the chorus of fifth-graders will perform seven songs for the public at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Their concert features a variety of music genres, according to Chorus Fest host Cathy Richards, McConnellsburg Elementary School music director. Some of the the music the youngsters will perform are “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “ Wade in the Water,” “Shenandoah” and “I Bought Me a Cat.”

Richards said a couple of songs will be sung in two-part harmony, one number in German and another in Hebrew.

“We (McConnellsburg Elementary participants) have been staying after school for about six weeks to get ready for the festival,” Richards said.

The students who are taking part in the annual 5th Grade Chorus Fest represent schools located in the seven counties that make up PEMA’s District IV: Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Centre, Clinton and Clearfield.

Participating McConnellsburg fifth-graders are Kendal Ashman, Logan Conner, Brice Feagley, Kacey Hann, Kimmy Harris and Emma Kendall. Forbes Road students include Mara Brumbaugh, Lena Duvall, Kyra Duvall, Anthony Goshorn and Courtney Schoen.

Richards said to be selected for Chorus Fest, fifth-graders audition with their music teachers. Selection is based on pitch, rhythm, volume and diction.

Rachel Pollard of the Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the Chorus Fest’s guest music director. The chorus will be accompanied by McConnellsburg pianist Ruth Reeder.

Tickets for Friday night’s concert are $5 for adults and $3 for children/student

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