The Kaleidoscope of Sound festival choir, made up of over 140 students, performed several songs including We are the Music Makers, This Old Man and Ease on Down the Road from the musical The Wiz.
The Kaleidoscope of Sound percussion ensemble watches along as Amanda Sellers, percussion chair from Pomeroy, conducts the group.
The Pasadena ISD Fine Arts Department held their biennial elementary music festival Thursday, March 10 at the Weldon Phillips Gym. The festival, themed Kaleidoscope of Sound, featured performances by over 600 music students from all 35 elementary schools.
Parents, school and district administrators and community members were treated to performances by a festival choir, xylophone, recorder, boomwhacker, folk dance, percussion, traditional Phillipine Tinikling dance and swing dance ensembles.
Linda Fletcher, Pasadena ISD director of fine arts spoke about the hard work the students and teachers put in to prepare for their performances.
“Tonight’s performance is a culmination of a lot of hours, weeks and months of practice with our students,” Fletcher said. “Thank you to the parents who made the effort to bring your children to rehearsals and to the school board for their constant support of fine arts.”
Dr. Karen Hickman, deputy superintendent of campus development, welcomed the crowd and shared some of her experience as a former music educator.
“When I was in elementary school I was a member of the song bird choir,” Dr. Hickman said. “Those memories have followed me throughout my life and I continue to sing in choirs. Music is so much more than fun. It prepares your kids for academics. It can make a difference in SAT and PSAT scores. I hope that you encourage your kids to stay involved in music through high school and let their academics soar.”
Members of the Kaleidoscope of Sound folk dance ensemble peek out from behind the traditional Chinese dragon they carry during their performance.