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Kearney Public Schools hosting Sing Around Nebraska Honor Choir Festival

Kearney Public Schools hosting Sing Around Nebraska Honor Choir Festival

Kearney is one of 12 sites for the 10th biannual Sing Around Nebraska Honor Choir Festival on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Kearney Senior School.

The Nebraska Choral Director's Association sponsors the event for students in fourth grade through sixth grade. Each school's music teacher may select two to ten fourth-grade through sixth-grade students to participate.

Students at all 12 sites will perform six selected songs. The songs are "Festival Sanctus," "Art Thou Troubled," "J'entends Le Moulin," "Old Joe Clark," "Ja-Da," and "Inscription of Hope." The students rehearse on the music at their home schools and then gather for an all day rehearsal with a guest clinician.

Cody Talarico, from Lincoln, is the guest clinician in Kearney this year. Approximately 187 students from Kearney and surrounding communities will perform at a public concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at Merryman Performing Arts Center. Concert tickets are $3 per person for adults and children more than 12 years old. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult will be admitted for free.

Purposes of Sing Around Nebraska are to provide students with an exciting and quality choral experience, to give students who are ready for more challenging music the opportunity to work with a guest clinician, to give music teachers the chance to observe and learn from the clinician working with the students, and to sing quality children's choral repertoire. More than 1,600 students participated in the Sing Around Nebraska Honor Choir Festival the last time it occurred in 2008.

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