A Choral Renaissance
New voices, new faces, new classes, new spaces. The Pisgah Choral Program has seen a renaissance of interest fueling a year of notability in learning and performing. In addition to broadening their understanding of music history, our students increased their facility in music theory and significantly sharpened their skills at sight-singing. As a music educator, the aforementioned are fundamental in establishing ourselves as an artistic force in our minds and in the community; but perhaps the most noticeable expression of our development is found in the outstanding performances presented this year. Our students gave four public concerts in which they sang music from the Broadway stage, movies and television. At Christmastime our audience was treated to some spectacular holiday fare and was surprised with a performance of “Carol of The Bells” for which the students were joined by Pisgah faculty and staff in what I know will become a tradition.
The choruses concluded the year having sung some Negro Spirituals and other traditional choral music, but the highlight was a concert finale of American folk songs performed with the Preparatory Band and Strings. Other performances included singing at the annual Christmas Services held for the entire student body and memorable appearances on the 2010 Baccalaureate and Commencement Service programs. Additionally, chorus students had the opportunity to attend a local community performance of the musical, Annie and an Atlanta Opera presentation of the opera, Orfeo and Euridice at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
One of the benefits in seeing high-quality musical presentations is that it sets for students a bar of excellence and aspiration. Our students have rallied around the ideals of outstanding attitudes, unparalleled teamwork and tenacious musicianship. We believe these are the keys to establishing a tradition of excellence and leaving a legacy of distinction.