Director Sue Williams (left) leads the Central Elementary School Choir through "It's All About the Music" during a performance at Willowcreek Middle School in Portage, Ind., March 12, 2013. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
The Central Elementary School Choir meets after school from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The school is at 2825 Russell St., Portage.
Updated: April 25, 2013 6:40AM
British composer Sir Michael Tippett said, “Music is a performance and needs the audience.”
Portage’s Central Elementary School music teacher Sue Williams believes that, too. When she learned that her choir would not be participating in one of their usual venues, she looked for another place for her students to perform.
On March 12, nearly 60 fourth- and fifth-grade singers traveled from Central to Willowcreek Middle School to sing for the sixth-graders. Some of them had been Williams’ students when they were in elementary school.
“We are very fortunate to have this venue in which to perform,” she told the sixth-graders. “We needed a venue because F.A.M.E. — the elementary art and music program — is no more. The middle schools are nice enough to allow us to come in and perform for you.”
Almost 400 sixth-graders listened politely as the younger students entertained them with a variety of songs. The concert began appropriately enough with “It’s All About the Music.’ ”
Next followed the song “Clouds,” which asked, “When you look at the clouds/What do you see?” and “When you look in your heart/What do you see?”
They lightened the mood with Elton John’s “Your Song” and “Pick a Little, Talk a Little” from “The Music Man.” Their final selection was “Child of Peace,” described by Williams as “a favorite of mine.”
The songs included two-part harmony, with half the choir singing soprano and half alto.
“We have choirs here at Willowcreek,” Principal Michelle Stewart told the elementary school students. “We look forward to having some of you join the choirs when you get here.”
When the singing and applause ended, the fourth- and fifth-graders filed out to the buses to go to Fegely and perform the same concert for the sixth-graders there.
After both performances, the choir returned to Central to enjoy a pizza party to celebrate its accomplishments.