FHS Concert Choir performs local tour for community members

The high school Concert Choir had the unique opportunity to perform for members of the community outside the typical concert setting.

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The FHS Concert Choir performed for local nursing homes and elementary schools on Friday, April 27 to showcase the pieces they have worked on in class this semester. “I’m hoping this becomes an annual event for the choir!” Vocal music teacher Mr. Joseph Fitzgerald said. Photo by: Destini Warnke

The choir, directed by vocal music teacher Joseph Fitzgerald, traveled around town to local nursing homes and elementary schools to share six of the pieces they have been working on this semester. After they returned, students enjoyed a potluck-style picnic lunch on the practice field.

“The tour’s main purpose is to show the younger students in our district the kind of musical opportunities that are immediately available to them upon entering high school,” Mr. Fitzgerald said. “Our performance at Gardenside is an act of service for our community, and the tour also serves to give the HS students the opportunity to experience giving several performances in one day.”

Students got the chance to interact with community members they typically may not. This interaction may be brief, but it can have a huge impact on students and residents of Fairbury.

“It think it was good overall because it made the kids look up to us and hopefully think it’s cool,” Marah Shumard ’18 said. “The residents also seemed to love it. They always love it when people come and see them. Whether they know you or not.”

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The vocal students enjoyed a fun potluck-style lunch on the practice field between performances at the elementary schools. Photo by: Destini Warnke

The singing group started their tour at JCHC Gardenside and performed for the residents, then onto Jefferson Intermediate to sing for the 3rd through 2nd graders. They took their lunch break and wrapped up the tour at Central Elementary, where they performed for K-2.

“I think many of them were surprised at how exhausting it can be when putting so much energy into four, 30-minute performances.” Mr. Fitzgerald said. “All of these things aside, it is a great opportunity to continue building a sense of community in the choir and have fun while doing it.”

This tour was a good opportunity for the vocal music students to showcase their talents and hard work throughout the semester and take a well-deserved recess from the classroom.