Pangyo middle and high school music educator Jack Brown offers a recap of a recent concert and encourages us to attend the culminating Festival Concert.
KIS Choir Students Shine At Middle School Honor Choir Festival
Eighteen KIS Blue Harmony choir students were among 130 students singing at the KIMEA/KAIAC Middle School Honor Choir Festival on Thursday, January 25, at Gyeonggi-Suwon International School.
Students from international schools all over Korea were selected to participate in the group. The students learned their choir music ahead of time by rehearsing during their free time with their directors at their schools. They met at GSIS to rehearse in two large choirs that combined students from the different schools. The Treble Choir sang music for treble voices (female and unchanged male), while SAB choir sang music for soprano, alto, and baritone (changed male) voices.
The Treble Choir performed “For The Beauty Of The Earth,” “I Will Sing My Song,” and “Tutakwenda.” The SAB Choir sang “When I Close My Eyes,” “Fly Away Home,” and “Hold Fast Your Dreams.”
Six choir directors from the different schools rehearsed and directed the songs. Mr. Brown, KIS choir director, led the Treble Choir in “For The Beauty Of The Earth.”
Festival Concert At KIS PAC At 5:30pm Tuesday, 13 March
The Festival Concert is when the middle and high school choirs sing their most challenging, difficult, and varied repertoire of the entire school year. It is the culmination of their music education experience in choir for the year.
At the March 13 concert, each of the five curricular choirs will sing at least one song written by a composer from the western classical tradition, from different eras. The Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern eras will be represented by composers such as Palestrina, Praetorius, Brahms, Rutter, and Lauridsen. Each choir will also sing a choral setting of a folk song, with music from the Welsh, Appalachian, Czech, Australian aboriginal, Jewish, and African-American traditions being presented.
The high school Nightingales, who sing a cappella vocal jazz, will also give the Asia premiere of “Café,” written by Carol Weisman and arranged by Jeremy Fox.
The concert is free and open to the public. It is estimated that it will last one hour.
This week, the auditioned choirs — MS Blue Harmony, HS Chamber Singers, and HS Nightingales A Cappella Vocal Jazz — will also sing their songs at the KIMEA/KAIAC Large Group Choir Festival at SIS on Thursday, March 8.