Young singers bring holiday songs to school district offices

Being a member of an elementary school chorus is hard work. It takes a lot of practice to get ready for the holiday performance tour which might include up to a half-dozen locations across the city.


This year six school musical groups performed for district employees in the Education Center, and they often stopped in another district building on the Black Bob Road campus.

Cedar Creek Elementary Comets Singers

More than 140 members of the Cedar Creek Elementary Comets Singers filled the lobby and stairway of the Education Center. It was one of five “road trip” performances they did in one day, followed by a schoolwide performance. “Union Station is a highlight of our tour,” music teacher Lauren Richards said. “We love all the holiday decorations and the acoustics make our voices sound like angels.” The performances included familiar holiday songs and a Celtic-style “Joy to the World.”

Clearwater Creek Celebration Choir

Members of the Clearwater Creek Elementary Celebration Choir made three tour stops at district offices along Black Bob Road, and two elsewhere this year. Music teacher Candace Moore taught students eight songs for the tour, and their favorites included “Deck the Nutcracker Hall” and “Turn Off That Nose.” One of her goals this year was to introduce songs in two-part harmony which will prepare her students for middle school choir. “The highlight of our tour was being able to sing at Oak Park Mall in front of the Santa display and having Santa come out to say hello to the students,” Moore said. This is the largest choir in the school’s history, and it required 12 risers for the evening performance in front of parents. “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to impact so many students and instill the love of music in each one,” she said.

Walnut Grove Astronotes

Singing for visitors at Kansas City’s Union Station would have been the highlight of the Walnut Grove Elementary School Astronotes’ tour, but then it snowed while they sang for the crowd and that made the outing even better, according to music teacher Dani Breithbarth. This was her first holiday performance tour as an Olathe music teacher, and a successful one. “We had 93 students in special chorus this semester,” Breithbarth said. “We visited three places because our fourth stop was canceled due to snow. We tried to cover a variety of genres, such as classical, jazz, a ballad, and 1950s rock ‘n’ roll.”

Countryside Cardinal Chorale

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was added to this year’s musical repertoire for the Countryside Elementary Cardinal Chorale. Music teacher Shelby Lewis said it was something audiences could sing along with and it became a fun and active part of the performance. The chorale includes 60 fourth- and fifth-graders. After visiting four district buildings, the singers broke into an impromptu rendition of “Jingle Bells” on the bus as they headed back to school. Photos by Marilyn Svien



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