BCSD Holds 9th Annual Choir Sharing Festival

October 14, 2016 – More than 460 choral students from ten different schools attended Bakersfield City School District’s (BCSD) 9th annual Junior High and Middle School Choir Sharing Festival in the auditorium at Sierra Middle School on October 13th.

Students performed for and received instruction and critique from special guest conductor, Dr. Angel M. Vazquez-Ramos, Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Bakersfield.   Five different choral groups performed in front of the audience and Dr. Vazquez-Ramos.   He listened intently to each choir and offered his insights and expertise to help each choir reach its maximum potential.

This year’s attendance is the highest it has ever been due to a dramatic increase in number of choral classes district-wide.  In fact, BCSD hired four new vocal music teachers in 2015 to expand and build its program.   With the help of these dynamic, new teachers, the Visual and Performing Arts Department is looking forward to even more growth in the future.

Dr. Angel Vazquez-Ramos addressing choir during their stage performance.

Dr. Angel Vazquez-Ramos addressing choir during their stage performance.

Compton & Sequoia choir perform for the audience.

Compton & Sequoia choir perform for the audience.

Washington choir during their performance of the song "Boatman Stomp".

Washington choir during their performance of the song “Boatman Stomp”.

Dr. Vazquez-Ramos has the students participate in a brief warm-up drill.

Dr. Vazquez-Ramos has the students participate in a brief warm-up drill.

The Chipman and Emerson Choir includes over 100 singers!

The Chipman and Emerson Choir includes over 100 students!

Students from Cato, Downtown and Sierra combine to sing "When I Close my Eyes."

Students from Cato, Downtown and Sierra combine to sing “When I Close my Eyes.”

The Curran and Stiern choir during their stage performance.

The Curran and Stiern choir during their stage performance.

The day comes to a close with everyone singing together.

The day comes to a close with everyone singing together.

 

 

 

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