Memorial Park Choirs Heading to Carnegie Hall - February 27, 2012

Record Number: 8523
Displayed from: Feb 27, 2012 , until: Apr 27, 2012

Two choirs from Memorial Park Middle School will perform at the National Middle School Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City this weekend, a dream come true for the 38 students who will participate. The students involved in 78 Edition and MP Jazz earned the trip to Carnegie Hall after receiving gold ratings at the Heritage Festival in Washington, D.C., last May. Memorial Park was the only middle school in the high school-level competition, but the vocal jazz singers had the highest score of the performing choirs. Students and their chaperones will leave on a bus Thursday, March 1, and return Monday, March 5. They will be one of six middle school choirs performing at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 4, under the direction of Rollo Dilworth. The music for the program was assigned to the school and includes a piece by Mozart, a Hebrew folk song, a traditional Japanese song, a Quaker hymn, "Shenandoah" and a spiritual. Since learning of the trip, students, parents and staff members spent many hours raising money for the trip, including a variety of fundraisers and asking friends and family members to give personally. "We have been working tirelessly over the last year to make this trip a reality," said Jana Root, director of the choirs. "Our students have put in many hours practicing as well as raising money for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are so proud of their accomplishments and their commitment to their dreams."

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.