Springdale Park Elementary students sing a happy tune

Pictured: Nick Page, Lia Walker, Kate Jern, and Elizabeth Jern; Dawn Shipp (parent), Brianne Turgeon, Elizabeth Jern, Kate Jern, Andy Beck, Lisa Jern (parent), and Ben Shipp; Joann Maples and Brianne Turgeon.

Four students from Springdale Park Elementary participated in the Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) Statewide Honor Chorus, which took place this past weekend at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. The students were selected to sing along with four to six of the best singers from elementary schools across the state of Georgia under the direction of two world-class composer/conductors, Nick Page and Andy Beck. Selections included “Let There Be Peace,” “Alleluia Round,” “Firefly” and “Niska Banja,” the latter a Romanian folk song that students learned in Romanian.

Participating students were fourth-graders Kate Jern and Elizabeth Jern and fifth-graders Ben Shipp and Lia Walker.

In addition to experiencing an amazing musical weekend Brianne Turgeon, the SPARK music and chorus teacher, also had the great surprise in seeing her elementary school music teacher, Joanne Maples, who is the GMEA elementary chair-elect. Major thanks to Ms. Turgeon for the head’s up on this event!

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