Last year at the end of January, the first annual Colorado Elementary All State Choir performed magnificently at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, starting a musical tradition.
Last year at the end of January, the first annual Colorado Elementary All State Choir performed magnificently at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, starting a musical tradition. From 2012 on, 400 elementary students will have the opportunity to sing with other marvelous singers from all over Colorado. This year, the concert took place on Jan 26.
There are two choirs you can get into: The Presto choir, and Vivace choir. The conductors for the choir are different, but you'll have both of them for at least one song. Your school's music teacher initially fills out a form to get a spot for your school and can have up to six students (fourth through sixth grade) participate in this fun event.
The songs change every year, as do the conductors. The conductors pick a variety of songs from different cultures, and some of them even had a special meaning to the conductors this year. Some of the choir's songs were arranged by one of the conductors, Rollo Dilworth, and another one was composed by the mentor of Angela Broeker, the other composer!
One change from last year's CEASC (Colorado Elementary All State Choir) was that they only practiced at the Broadmoor for part of the time. Another one was that there were motions and danced accompanying some of the songs. Last year, there was only two songs that did motions or dances.
Students from Colorado really enjoy this unique opportunity. "I think singing with my friends and hanging out; having fun!" fifth-grader Esther Van de Lagemaat said of her favorite part of being in the choir.
You don't have to be related to an All State member to see the concert at the end of every January, but make sure to get your tickets from the Colorado Music Educator's Association early! "Music, music, ever divine," was a phrase in one of the Presto choir's songs that perfectly described the experience for the audience watching 400 amazing Colorado Elementary singers.
For more information, go to www.cmeaonline.org or www.ceasc.org.