The Beauty of Strings and Voices

North Metro Music Education proudly presented our first Orchestra and Chorus Concert last night to a full house. The beauty of the work that the students had accomplished was amazing. The concert began as the Chorus sang "A Smile," composed and conducted by Mr. Reginald Ferguson. Then, our level 1 band, directed by Mrs. April Pettus, played several pieces demonstrating what they have learned since beginning in September. Maestro Richard Shackelford conducted our level 2/3 orchestra, Sinfonia Strings. The sound was amazing from these 2nd and 3rd year students. Then, our level 4 orchestra, Symphonic Strings performed several challenging pieces, including a piece called Deep River, an African American Spiritual. Maestro Shack dedicated this piece in memory of Trish Fletcher, our former president of NMME, and a dear friend to many of us. In the program for the night, Maestro wrote, "Tonight is, in part, a fulfillment of her (Trish's) dream for North Metro Music Education, along with our leaders who together sowed the seeds of this musical organization dedicated to excellence through Jesus Christ. We rejoice in her going home, 'over Jordan,' and are saddened only by her not being here to be blessed in the hearing of these students' commitment to the excellence she hoped and worked for."

Thank you to those who were able to come last night. We are so very proud of each of our students, thankful to the parents and family members who have supported their musical aspirations, and blessed by the work of our talented directors.

Last night was the conclusion of our fall semester at North Metro Music Education. We will resume classes

on January 9. If you or someone you know would like to learn to sing or play in a group, please visit us at Registration is open for spring classes. We are an after-school program meeting on Thursday evenings, so we happily accommodate homeschooled, private schooled, and public schooled students. We have openings in all levels of concert band, orchestra, and chorus.