Greene Co middle school musicians excel

The music department at Greene County middle school shares three pieces of good news.

The 5/6 grade choir students had a special opportunity Sunday, Oct. 8, performing for an audience of more than 1,000 people at the Iowa Wild hockey game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Overcoming their fear of performing to a large audience, the young singers sang well even though the building’s acoustics were not ideal. Director Brenda Roberts said, “Students prepared material for a performance in which all students were not present until the day of the performance. They worked well together both vocally and behaviorally.”

5/6 choir singing at Iowa Wild hockey game
Sadie Reedy

Also, eighth grader Sadie Reedy has been selected for the Iowa Choral Directors Association’s OPUS honor choir Thursday, Nov. 16, at CY Stephens Auditorium on the ISU campus.

Sadie auditioned in sixth and seventh grades but was not accepted. Despite disappointments, she persevered and was finally accepted. She’ll spend the day rehearsing with students from across Iowa who have a common interest in music, allowing her to make connections beyond her classroom, school and community.

Finally, three students were selected for the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association (SCIBA) middle school honor band. Natalie Heupel (bass clarinet), Ashlynn Hinners (clarinet), and Brianna Blasnitz (flute) will spend Tuesday, Nov 7, rehearsing at Waukee and then perform an evening concert.

(from left) Natalie Heupel, ???? Blasnitz

Middle school band director Emily Brekunitch said, “Students will have the chance to play in a larger group and hear what it is like to play in a full balanced ensemble. They will also have the ability to play some harder, more challenging music and meet other students from surrounding districts.”

 

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