Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2005

Loyal Lansingers put in double time

Elementary schoolchidren’s chorus performs two concerts in one day

May 19, 2005

The Loyal Lansinger Children's Chorus put on not one but two concerts in a single day for parents and classmates.

The choirs performed at 1:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. May 5 in the Lansing Intermediate School gym.

The chorus is divided into two choirs, a third-grade choir and a fourth- and fifth-grade choir. The third-graders performed "A Voice from a Dream," "The Not-So-Boring Minuet" and "Chumbara" under the direction of Lansing Elementary School music teacher Ryan Rothmeyer, accompanied by LES music teacher Chris Goodlin. Fourth- and fifth-graders, directed by Lansing Middle School choir teacher Sherri Schwanz and Lansing High School choir and LIS fifth-grade music teacher Jonnie Brice, performed "Bubble Trouble," "One Song," "Promised Land," "Picture a Playground" and "Bus Stop."

The chorus, known as LLCC, is an optional activity for students in third through fifth grades. The groups have been meeting twice a week for 25 minutes before school since September to practice.

Schwanz said the fourth- and fifth-grade choirs perform together at concerts but don't practice together.

She said students agreed to keep their grades up and be good citizens when they signed up for the chorus.

The chorus performs at the end of each semester, Schwanz said. Fifth-graders have the opportunity to perform at additional events and venues, such as the Festival of Trees in Leavenworth and Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., because it is their last year in the chorus, she said.

Schwanz and Brice said they looked for a variety in the pieces they chose for the concert, including slow and fast songs and a folk or spiritual song. Brice said fun songs were usually included to keep the students' interest.

The choir directors said they find most of their music through the July meeting of the Kansas Choral Directors. Brice said she chose from a pool of age-appropriate songs and few were too hard for students to pick up.

"If it's a well-written piece of music, they can learn it with no problems," she said.

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