Avi Kaplan Honor Choir

Congratulations to Lauren Moore, Tessa Bamer, Kelby Alloway, Benson Kilmer, Brittany Steinbach, Jackson Dube, Erick Schmidt, and Zoe Wenham for their participation in the Avi Kaplan Honor Choir at McNary High School on April 25 and 26! They worked hard for two long days of rehearsals and then performed with Avi. They were more than a little bit star-struck.

Chamber Choir: OSU Festival versus SNOW

We have worked so hard for the OSU festival scheduled for Tuesday, but the weather has decided that we might need to stay home instead.

If there is no school, of course we will not attend the festival. (We will cross our fingers that it will be rescheduled, but this is unlikely.) But if there is a 2-hour delay and the roads to Corvallis are good, come in your black dress clothes ready to go! We will depart when school opens at 10:25.

In the meantime, stay warm and practice!!

Eighth Blackbird Visits EHS

It’s not every day that a four-time-Grammy-winning chamber ensemble visits our classroom! Through the Eugene Symphony’s educational outreach program, we were lucky enough to have Eighth Blackbird come out to EHS before their performance with the Eugene Symphony that evening.

Our students were engaged and mesmerized, and when given the opportunity to ask questions, they asked fascinating and thoughtful ones. Later that evening, the EHS band attended a pre-concert lecture at the Hult Center in which two members of Eighth Blackbird were asked to reflect about their favorite parts of their four-day residency in Eugene. Both of them talked about their visit to Elmira, and the great questions that our kids asked! Well done, EHS music students.

Picfest Choral Festival

This year’s Chamber Choir section leaders participated in Picfest this summer, an international choral festival that performs as part of the Bach Festival. A huge congratulations go to Kelby Alloway, Tessa Bamer, Jackson Dube, and Lauren Moore for their participation and incredible performances in this event.

Above: The Picfest Choir performed in the Bach Festival’s “On the House” series, under the direction of the esteemed conductor and composer Bob Chilcott.


Final Fundraising Update

New choir robes are on order, and the music department has been able to retain some savings going into the next year!

As previously shared, we received a generous $2,000 from the Kiwanis Club of Fern Ridge and $1,000 from Mid Lane Cares, which allowed us to move forward with new robes.

We set a lofty goal of fundraising an additional $2,000 this Spring so we could embroider an “E” on the stoles, and also be able to make the purchase without completely depleting the music accounts going into the next school year. Between our Spring concert, our Snapraise campaign, Coffeehouse Night, and other donations, we raised $2,015.31!

Combined with the donations from Kiwanis and Mid Lane Cares, that’s a total of $5,015.31 raised this Spring. And that’s all without a single car wash! We are so appreciative of the community’s support and we can’t wait to show off our new choir robes in the Fall.

Thank you, Kiwanis Club of Fern Ridge!

The EHS Choirs have been saving up for new choir robes for many years. Our current set, which is at least 50 years old, is ridden with holes, stains, and broken zippers.

This week, the Fern Ridge Kiwanis Club donated a very generous $2,000 to get us closer to making those new robes a reality. We are now only $1,000 away from our goal. (Stay tuned for information about fundraisers to raise that final amount.)

Please help us thank the Fern Ridge Kiwanis Club for their support! They also recently purchased us a set of garment bags, and they run the concessions tables at our Coffeehouse Nights. Our music program is stronger thanks to their help.

Stephan Nance Visits EHS

Local singer-songwriter Stephan Nance visited EHS last week! Stephan performed for us, interspersing information about the music and songwriting process throughout the presentation. The students asked lots of questions at the end and even got free copies of CDs and other items from Stephan’s recent tour. Stephan has some new fans in the Elmira/Veneta area!

You can visit Stephan’s website here.