Please click on the link/video below to see our year end Choir Concert featuring all choirs: Grade 8-10 Choir, Grade 11-12 Choir, Seraphim Treble Choir, Troubadour Men’s Ensemble, Evolution Choir, and the Magee Chamber Choir.
Please Click on the YouTube link below for the String Orchestra Spring Concert
Well we have come to the end of a truly unique year. It has been a year that has tested us and has challenged us to find different ways of doing things that still created an educational experience that is both exciting and rewarding for the students. We have done things that we have never thought possible; we have learned exponentially together to find ways to continue to build community, both within the ensembles and with other schools. And we here in the Magee Music department have once again been pioneers and have lead the way in the district and the choral community overall. We were the first to host a VSB online festival, we were the only ones that I know of that hosted their own virtual choral festivals with other schools over zoom, and we provided professional development for other teachers on how to livestream and use technology to share their music with others. And for that, I am so proud of our students and our music department for again taking the lead and for setting the standard for music education.
Through April May and June we have hosted a number of festivals for both Junior and Senior choirs as well as hosted and participated in every VSB quarter festival and we have done them all live to have the students feel as close to live performances as possible, of course without in house audiences, which, not going to lie, felt very strange. Students all performed at a very high level and achieved amazing results despite the obstacles in their way.
The addition of our new band teacher, Keith Ollerenshaw, has been absolutely wonderful. Keith has breathed new life into the band program and has worked very hard to give students the best in band education possible in quite possibly one of the most difficult years in recent history. Students have loved working with him and he has really worked hard to strengthen not only the program itself, but also bonds with the students, making them feel valued and appreciated.
We have also welcomed a whole new executive board of the Magee Music Society and with Joanna Young at the helm, it has really become a very warm and inviting atmosphere, continuing the great tradition of the Music Society. We are very appreciative of all the members who have given their time and efforts and are excited about what the future will hold next year.
I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for coming along with us on this journey this year. Although it has been a journey unlike any before, because of your support and because of the student’s willingness to adapt and make the best out of the situation, we continue to thrive and continue the musical excellence that Magee is known for. Thank you to our strong administration for allowing us to do what we do best, thank you to the parents for trusting that we will do what is best for their children to keep them safe as well as inspired, and thank you to the students for being there with us and believing in the importance of what music does for their spirits and their overall well-being. I am grateful for each and every one of you for believing in the power of music and for trusting in us to lead you through this challenging time.
I wish you all a wonderful summer and we can’t wait to return to normal hopefully in the new year. Please check out our updated tentative music calendar for next year – tentative, yet hopefully, on what we will be allowed to do in the fall. Stay safe and vigilant and I hope to see you all in person come September!
Artistic Director of Choirs and Orchestra