Joy Of Singing Heard At Annual Elementary Choir Festival
"It's wonderful hearing what the other schools are doing," said Melissa Ellenburger, music teacher at Woodmen Hills Elementary School. Students from seven District 49 elementary campuses performed for each other April 27. The Elementary Choir Festival, a long-standing tradition in District 49, is an opportunity for school chorus groups to sing for each other as the school year begins to draw to a close.
Shawn Escobar, a fifth grade student at Stetson Elementary, had one of the highlight moments of the show. Escobar grabbed the microphone for a solo rap at the end of the Raider Choir's performance of 'Pizza Love.'
"Shawn wanted to pass it off, but was encouraged to do it," said Stetson Elementary music teacher Becca Garner, "We held auditions and the choir chose him. I think the students liked it!"
Another highlight moment occurred during the Evans International performance of the 90s pop classic Jump by Kris Kross. Evans students left the risers to get into the audience as the other district choirs joined in jumping as the song ended.