Stillwater News Press

May 5, 2013

Middle school, junior high choir students to perform Tuesday at PAC

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The voices of the Stillwater Middle School and Stillwater Junior High choirs will echo throughout the Stillwater High School Performing Arts Center Tuesday night.

The event, which is free to attend, begins with the middle school choir performance at 6:30 p.m.

“They’re singing a variety of songs with about 200 sixth- and seventh-graders,” said director Cheryl Stroope.

“They’re doing some folk songs and they’re also doing a couple of songs from ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ the musical they did back in March.”

The middle school choir is directed by Stroope and Emma Metcalf.

Following the middle school choir will be the junior high choir at 8 p.m. The junior high performance is titled, “A Kaleidoscope of Sounds.”

Kay Smith will accompany the choirs. The group will cover multiple pieces, including two songs from the Broadway hit “Les Miserables,” a song from “Phantom of the Opera,” Jimmy Buffett’s “Jamaica Farewell” and Duke Ellington’s “You Don’t Mean a Thing.”

“We try to cover a wide variety of styles of music and different music from different cultures around the world as well as classical American folk songs and some music from the classic world as well,” Stroope said.

The concert comes at the end of a successful year for both choirs.

Each received superior ratings at their district contest in late February.

“We had seven students who made all-state this year — one from the middle school and six from the junior high,” she said.

Stroope said Stillwater residents expect great music.

“I think people in this city have a high expectation of our music programs because we have a long standing reputation of having good music in Stillwater, both in the public schools as well as at the university,” she said. “I think when we have our audiences come, that’s what they’re looking for.”

With a strong work ethic and rehearsals for the concert coming to an end, Stroope said the choirs look to deliver on that expectation.

“No matter what we’re singing, we try to give it our best effort and make it as musical as possible,” she said.