is ALIVE AND WELL at Clinton Public Schools!
''We have had a very productive, successful year, and I have the pleasure of working with some wonderful, and wonderfully talented students, from grades five through twelve,'' said Carol Gray, Clinton Choral Director.
For starters, Gray said 25 talented Clinton Choir high school girls and also the Clinton Jr. High Choir earned straight 'ones' at the Region Festival held earlier this year. ''Our high school singers brought home three plaques for their excellent performances and the junior high group brought home one plaque as well,'' Gray touted.
''Then on March 4,'' Gray continued, ''students from all over our part of the state gathered at UCA to participate in the UCA Children's Festival.'' Gray explained that March is national ''Music In Our Schools'' month, during which students share in the singing of music from the World's Largest Concert (WLC).
The WLC is an annual event organized by Music Educators National Conference (MENC), an organization of which Gray is a member. The national music educators' organization goal is to promote musical experiences and expertise all over the country.
''I took ten students to the UCA gathering, as did Jacki Carlo from Shirley. There were over 200 kids sharing in the WLC songs.'' Gray radiated praise.
''Then on March 9, the national broadcast of the WLC was shown, and while many, many states' groups were used in the telecast, Clinton Choir was the ONLY Arkansas school choir shown.'' Gray beamed, noting that this was the 16th Annual WLC.
''The video clip showing our Clinton Choir members was filmed at the Bar Eoff Ranch, and was filmed by John Hastings of Clinton Cable. We were only on the tube for a grand total of twelve seconds, but hey!'' Gray bubbled, ''It was NATIONAL TV ! Quite a feat, in my humble opinion, for our school, our town, and the whole Van Buren County community as well.''
''In mid-March, we hosted a multi-school assembly to further celebrate Music In Our Schools Month, and again share in the singing of music from the World's Largest Concert,'' Gray continued. ''Singers from Wilburn, Quitman, Vilonia, Leslie, Greenbriar, and Shirley, accompanied by their respective choir directors, Linett Tournear, Sylvia Summers, Michael Rush, Betty Barnes, Sam Huskey, and Jacki Carlo, gathered at the Clinton High School Cafeteria to once more share in making this music.''
Gray reported that Clinton Choir singers numbered nearly one hundred, of the roughly 250 singers participating. ''We all made beautiful music, TOGETHER,'' she emphasized, ''lifting high the positive messages of both new and well-loved songs.''
The program included such favorite standards as ''I'm A Yankee Doodle Dandy,'' ''I've Been Working on the Railroad,'' ''Home On The Range,'' and ''When The Saints Go Marching In.'' Newer tunes included ''Let's Make Music, America,'' and ''Fifty States In Rhyme.''
Gray said that the various choir directors and music teachers took turns directing the songs, while she provided accompaniment on Clinton School's new digital piano.
Gray noted that the event was emceed by Mary Jo Burney, CMS Counselor, and special guests in the audience were Lou Wilson, Barbara Sullivan, and Charlotte Rierson, all of whom are active with the North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts and Education.''
''These ladies and other Foundation members work tirelessly to bring quality artistic experiences to our community,'' Gray credited. ''And they especially try to provide outreach into the schools, as well as try to provide exposure for our students to the community-at-large. I, for one, truly appreciate what the Foundation does, and what it stands for,'' Gray acknowledged.
Early in April, the Clinton High School Choir attended the State Choral Festival and also presented their annual Spring Concert in the Clinton High School Cafeteria.
On April 22 a ''Friends of the Choir'' fundraiser, featuring performances of Clinton Choir members, is set for the WalMart parking lot on Hwy. 65 in Clinton. Baked goods, hot dogs, and other treats will be sold. Money raised will be used to fund a ''fun'' choir trip to Magic Springs in Hot Springs.
Then on May 9, as this school year draws to a close, the Choir presents it's ''POPS ! Concert'' at the Clinton High School Cafeteria. ''We are looking forward to this fun show,'' Gray concluded. ''Choir is definitely alive and well at Clinton Public Schools, and indeed in our neck of the Arkansas woods. Choirs at Clinton have had an excellent year!''
For more information, contact: Carol Gray, Clinton Choral Director, 501-723-4617 [H], 501-745-4744 [W], email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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