Nearly 350 students participate in 2018 Elementary Choral Festival

April 23, 2018

: Nearly 350 fifth-grade students representing 43 CFISD elementary schools came together for a combined performance at the 2018 Elementary Choral Festival, held April 19 at the Berry Center.
Nearly 350 fifth-grade students representing 43 CFISD elementary schools came together for a combined performance at the 2018 Elementary Choral Festival, held April 19 at the Berry Center.

April 23, 2018—CFISD fifth-grade students representing 43 elementary schools participated in the 2018 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Elementary Choral Festival, held April 19 at the Berry Center.

The combined choral performance saw nearly 350 fifth-graders come together, with the ensemble directed by Kristen Jackson, Labay Middle School head choral director.

Birkes Elementary School students Jonah Daquigan (holding microphone) and Ashlee Smith served as narrators during the 2018 Elementary Choral Festival.
Birkes Elementary School students Jonah Daquigan (holding microphone) and Ashlee Smith served as narrators during the 2018 Elementary Choral Festival.

Bob Covey, Board of Trustees vice president, welcomed guests and attendees to the performance. Jackson then led the ensemble through nine songs. Between pieces, Birkes Elementary School students and performance narrators Ashlee Smith and Jonah Daquigan introduced each song. Loretta Bourn, CFISD coordinator of elementary music, offered closing remarks.

Nearly 350 fifth-grade students representing 43 CFISD elementary schools came together for a combined performance at the 2018 Elementary Choral Festival, held April 19 at the Berry Center.
Nearly 350 fifth-grade students representing 43 CFISD elementary schools came together for a combined performance at the 2018 Elementary Choral Festival, held April 19 at the Berry Center.

Kristen Jackson, Labay Middle School head choral director, served as director for the 2018 Elementary Choral Festival and led the combined ensemble through nine songs.
Kristen Jackson, Labay Middle School head choral director, served as director for the 2018 Elementary Choral Festival and led the combined ensemble through nine songs.

CFISD fifth-grade students performed nine songs at the Elementary Choral Festival. The ensemble, which represents 43 elementary schools, rehearsed together only once before its performance.
CFISD fifth-grade students performed nine songs at the Elementary Choral Festival. The ensemble, which represents 43 elementary schools, rehearsed together only once before its performance.

“This is an exciting event each year,” Bourn said. “The songs and students change, but the goal of giving students and teachers a unique performance opportunity remains the same. Students come together for one group rehearsal the afternoon of the event; however, due to the hard work done in advance at the individual campuses by the teachers and students, the performance takes shape.”

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