Aspen Elementary School choir wins state honor
The Colorado Music Educators Association is singing praises for Aspen Elementary School’s second- to fourth-grade choir.
High Mountain Harmony recently was given the accolade “Honor Performing Group” by the Colorado Music Editors Association, following a highly selective audition process from a field of more than 130 public and private schools, K-12, throughout the state. The Aspen choir was the only elementary school in the state chosen to receive this honor.
“Our students have worked really hard, giving up their lunch and recess time, to achieve a high level of success in performing in choir” said Marnie White, music teacher and choir director at Aspen Elementary School. “Their selection as an Honor Performing Group by a jury of K-12 state-wide music educators is truly recognition of their dedication and high level of accomplishment.”
Co-director Stacey Weiss said, “I am so proud of our High Mountain Harmony singers. Being selected to perform at CMEA is a high honor for our school and our community. The Aspen School District is fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated music teacher as Marnie White, who has worked tirelessly to make this happen.”
High Mountain Harmony is open to all students at Aspen Elementary School in grades two, three and four. Students voluntarily rehearse about 16 times during the school year and traditionally give two concert performances in December and March. Last year’s choir numbered 170 students, with almost half the eligible student body participating in choir.
Helping White and Weiss with the choir is Aspen High School music teacher Kyle Jones.
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