Fifth- and sixth-grade students from around the area will perform together during the “Surround the State in Song” on Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Jamestown High School Theater.
The concert begins at 4 p.m. and will be opened by the Jamestown High School Show Choir, said Heather Aune, site coordinator for the event in Jamestown.
Aune said students from Jamestown, Medina, Gackle-Streeter, Leeds, Barnes County North, Litchville-Marion, Oakes, Zeeland, Kulm, New Rockford-Sheyenne and Valley City schools will participate in the children’s honor choir in Jamestown.
“Our entire state is working on this kind of music together for fifth and sixth grade choir, and it’s an honor choir,” Aune said.
Surround the State in Song will also be held on Saturday in Bismarck, Dickinson, Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Williston. Each site has students selected for the honor choirs to work with a director throughout the day and then perform together that afternoon in concert, Aune said.
“The purpose of it is to get kids singing, and to get them singing quality music and to have them to be able to work with somebody that is skilled at choral singing,” she said.
The featured guest director in Jamestown is Josh Dahl, Fargo, and the piano accompanist is John Clodfelter, who recently joined the University of Jamestown Music Department.
Dahl is the artistic director of the Fargo-Moorhead Youth Choir. He teaches music at Bennett Elementary in Fargo and has 15 years of teaching experience. Dahl graduated in 2005 from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, with a degree in music education. He has a master's degree in education from Southwest Minnesota State and a school administration license from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Dahl is also certified in the Kodaly and Orff methods of music education and is currently pursuing a master's degree in music education.
A variety of music will be performed, Aune said. The concert, expected to be between an hour and 90 minutes, will include the “Star Spangled Banner” and four other selections that the children will perform.
Aune said the students will begin rehearsing in the morning, but have been working on the concert material at their respective schools.
“They will start at 9:15 (the day of the concert) and work until 3, 3:30,” she said. “And so it’s an all-day process, but most of the kids will already come prepared knowing the notes ahead of time and their home teachers from their school, their directors will work with them ahead of time.”
Admission to the concert is $5 per person.