'WE are Lakota Honor Choir' Hosts Performance

Inaugural 'WE are Lakota Honor Choir' Performs for the Community
Posted on 01/29/2019
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We are lakota choirWith the return of daily specials this school year for grades K-6 has come yet another opportunity for sixth-graders to take their music skills to the next level.

“Music is an art form that needs to be performed,” explained Hopewell Junior School choir teacher Jennifer Akers. “Yet most of our students come to us in seventh grade with no concept of what an evening choir performance looks like. They don’t get that through their music special.”

With no way to simulate that other than to actually put one together, Akers and her colleagues decided to do just that. And so, they formed the first “WE are Lakota Honor Choir,” an optional program open to any Lakota sixth-grader wishing to get an authentic choir experience before moving on to junior school. More than 60 students, representing every elementary school, signed up for the choir.

The experience mimics the Ohio Music Education Association’s All-State choir, which brings musicians together for one weekend to learn several pieces and then perform them together. The new Lakota choir met for two rehearsals before performing together for a live audience on Jan. 26 at Lakota East Freshman School.

The group is directed voluntarily by a committee of Lakota music teachers, including Akers, Susan Bauer, Jennifer Dietsch, Nicole Fink, Susan Hartman, Abbie Miller, Nicholas McGill, Alan Nordyke, Theresa Niehaus and Delaney Roberts. Several high school choir students also participated as volunteers.