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8 schools in Westside Community Choir at Coronado

       Close to 300 young singers will join for the annual Westside Community Choir concert Tuesday, Feb. 25.
       Involving students from eight District 11 schools in all, the show will start at 6:30 p.m. and last an hour or so in all, according to Shannon Glenn, the Chipeta Elementary music teacher who is the concert's lead organizer.
       Admission is free, and the public is welcome.
       The songfest finale will bring all the students together for one number, “Why We Sing,” by Greg Gilpin. That's the part especially enjoyed by Glenn, who has participated in the event all seven of her years at Chipeta.
       “We pack that stage,” she said. “It's awesome. Kids are singing together from all age levels. Families that have some years between their kids can have brothers and sisters from different schools singing together. It may be the only time that ever happens.”
       The program will begin with a combined choir representing five elementaries (Chipeta, Buena Vista, Howbert, Trailblazer and West). Next up will be choirs from the two Westside middle schools - West and Holmes - followed by three Coronado choirs (Show, Chamber and Bluenotes), and then the group finale.
       Coronado and Holmes each offer choir as a class, while at West it's a before-school club.
       Not all elementary schools even have extracurricular choir. This is the case at two of the elementaries participating in the Westside Choir. But those two (Buena Vista and West) have interested teachers who know of students who'd like to take part, Glenn explained.
       At Chipeta, she said, she is using her choir activity time to work with her students on the songs for Feb. 25. The singers from all the schools will get together for their first and only joint practice that afternoon at Coronado before the evening concert.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 2/21/14)

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