“Music in Our Schools Month” Virtual Choir Celebrates Bucks and Montgomery Public School Music Programs
32 Student Musicians Featured in Virtual Choir
(MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA) –Vocalists from 10 public high schools in Bucks and Montgomery County, along with a student pianist, have united to create a choral piece from the newly-created Justice Choir Songbook in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, which is observed each March.
The piece, “We Walk in Love” by Deanna Witkowski and Lemuel Colon, begins with the text, “We walk in love united in purpose. We join our hands and lift up one voice.” And together, these 32 musicians have virtually “united in purpose.” The multi-district choir piece debuted on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 P.M. on the Facebook Page of the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (PSEA-CAPS), a project of PSEA’s Mideastern Region which promotes the success of public schools in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
“Our teachers have been working to help our students express themselves over the past year, despite the challenges the pandemic presented to our communities,” said Bill Senavaitis, President of PSEA’s Mideastern Region. “We are so proud of our talented students in Bucks and Montgomery Counties and thrilled to be able to coordinate this opportunity to highlight their abilities.”
Alan Malachowski, a middle school music teacher from the North Penn School District, helped organize the effort, along with the choir directors from the 10 public high schools. North Penn High School Choir Director Matt Klenk created rehearsal materials for the students, and recorded practice tracks for each voice part, with the assistance of fellow North Penn music teacher Jenny Klenk, who happens to be his spouse.
“As the pandemic forced our educators to adapt their instruction, our PSEA Mideastern Region CAPS program also has pivoted to new ways of celebrating our students,” says Malachowski, who is also President-Elect of PSEA’s Mideastern Region. “The outstanding music programs in our Bucks and Montgomery County schools continue to find new ways to lift every voice and sing together, even while we are apart.”
The video may be seen at facebook.com/CAPS1995 or https://friendsofpubliced.org/miosm/
Participating students are listed below:
Julian Nguyen, 11th grade, North Penn
Alison Coles, 12th grade, North Penn
Gwyneth Lauzier, 12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham
Madelyn McClure, 12th grade, Plymouth Whitemarsh
Tyler Mergen, 11h grade, Upper Moreland
Jillian Shelly, 12th grade, North Penn
Charlotte Steinhauer, 10th grade, Jenkintown
Norah Wilson, 12th grade, Central Bucks West
Marielle Zakrzwski, 12th grade, Jenkintown
Gabriela Alezard,12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham
Maria Coyle, 12th grade, Methacton
Madison Cullen, 12th grade, North Penn
Kathryn Griffin, 11th grade, Norristown
Laney Humble, 11th grade, Central Bucks South
Kaylee Kratz, 12th grade, Quakertown
Leena Krayyem, 9th grade, Plymouth Whitemarsh
Ashley Schroeder 12th grade, Quakertown
Alexa Sheetz, 12th grade, Quakertown
Alison Sildorff, 12th grade, Central Bucks West
Megan Magee, 11th grade, Central Bucks South
Alec Conwell, 11h grade, Upper Moreland
Connor Geib, 11h grade, Methacton
Ryan Hartnett, 12h grade, Central Bucks West
Nathan Hartzel, 12th grade, North Penn
Nicholas Schaffer, 12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham
Andrew Battaglia,12th grade, Hatboro-Horsham
Nolan Ferguson, 12th grade, Upper Moreland
Austin Hunsberger,11th grade, Quakertown
Thomas Leatherbarrow, 12th grade, Central Bucks West
Zachery Pacuraru, 11th grade, Jenkintown
Nicholas Richardson, 12th grade, Norristown
Baron Miguel Zarzoso, 12th grade, Plymouth Whitemarsh
Participating Choir Directors
Thank you for joining us in this project.
Joseph Ohrt, Central Bucks West
Erin Camburn, Quakertown
Joseph Stellino, Central Bucks South
Alison Lagan, Hatboro-Horsham
Alyssa Davidson, Jenkintown
Catherine Keech, Upper Moreland
Elizabeth Francisco, Methacton
Lynne Danoff, Norristown
Matt Klenk, North Penn
Jeffrey Cooper, Plymouth Whitemarsh
Special Thank You
Matt Klenk,for his invaluable assistance with this project.
Matt and Jenny Klenk, for creating the practice tracks for the students’ rehearsal.
Julian Nguyen, for his piano arrangement and dynamic performance.
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