Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sing, Sing, Sing

Over the last month or so, I have had the opportunity to go to four different concerts that Maddi and Makenna have been involved in.  The first one was an all state elementary honors choir that Makenna tried out for and made.  There were over 700 students that tried out for it and only 170 made it.  She was the only one from Deubrook to make it this year.  It was a big honor for her and she was very excited when she made it!  It was done in Brookings at the college.  They did an amazing job and it was so fun to go and watch!  Here are a few pictures from that day:
 Waiting for it to start
 The whole group
Singing and dancing :)
 
The second opportunity was another honors choir.  This time it was a regional one done in Beresford, SD.  It was grades 4-6.  Makenna made it into this one as well along with some of her other schoolmates.  It was another wonderful concert!
 Waiting for it to start
 The whole group
 Second one in on the top :)
She also got a speaking part for one of the songs.
 
The third event was Pop, Popcorn and Jazz night at the school.  The Jr. High girls chorus got to join the high school girls chorus and sing a song.  It was a fun night.  We got to listen to the chorus and the band while we ate popcorn and drank pop!  It was a fun night.  Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me so I got zero pictures of it.  Next year...
 
The fourth event was Festival of Young Voices.  Maddi was able to go with some of the kids in her JH chorus.  It was also done at the college in Brookings.  They too gave a wonderful performance.  It amazes me with all of these choirs that they are able to pull such an amazing concert off after only being together for one day!  There were almost 200 kids that sang at the Festival of Young Voices from about 12 schools from the area.  Here are a few pictures from that:
 Waiting for it to start
 The whole group
 The girls sang Shenandoah by themselves.
Listening to the director talk.
 
It has been fun getting to watch the girls and their schoolmates perform.  They have all done an excellent job.  I am thankful for the opportunities they have had to participate in these things and many others.  They have been involved in so much since we have been at Deubrook.  The younger kids get to work on the school newspaper at the elementary school - Makenna even gets to be one of the editors :)  She is also on the student council for the second year.  Maddi is in FCA and is involved in sports.  She is also on the set crew for the high school play.  They have won awards and excelled in areas that sometimes surprise me!  Their teachers and administrators encourage and support the kids on all levels.  They come to their sporting events to cheer them on (even on the weekends).  They attend their concert.  My children have even come home with notes from their teachers telling them they are proud of them and their accomplishments.  They are getting opportunities that they would not have had elsewhere and I am very grateful for that.  Our next big production will be the spring concerts!  I have had a sneak preview of some of it and it will be another fun event!