Come to the MPS Secondary Choral Festival

Join us at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Mesa Arts Center. Admission is free. Hear the advanced choirs from each high school and the renowned Sonoran Desert Chorale at the MPS Secondary Choral Festival. The grand finale will feature the combined choirs and the chorale — 700 voices strong — singing "The Awakening."

female vocalistMesa Public Schools will host its fifth annual Secondary Choral Festival at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Mesa Arts Center's Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The concert is free and open to the public. The event will be streamed live by the MPS Educational TV Department.

The concert will feature performances by the advanced choirs from each of the district's high schools as well as the renowned Sonoran Desert Chorale, under the leadership of Jeff Harris, former MPS choral director.

The concert will conclude with the combined choirs of more than 700 singing “The Awakening” by Joseph M. Martin and directed by Joseph Johnston, Red Mountain High School choral director.

Earlier festival activities for junior high choirs

"Before the public performance, groups from all MPS junior high schools will sing for each other on the magnificent stage of the Ikeda Theater beginning at 1 p.m.," said Ruth Argabright, MPS music education coordinator.

"Each chorus will present a 15-minute performance, followed by a 15-minute clinic in which they will receive constructive evaluations from one of two outstanding clinicians — Laura Inman from Arizona State University and J. Edmund Hughes, recently retired choral director from Chandler-Gilbert Community College."

After performing for each other and during the dinner break, the junior high students will be treated to a performance by Splash of Red, a jazz choir from Mesa Community College under the direction of Joseph Johnston.

— This annual program is a collaboration between Mesa Public Schools and the Mesa Arts Center.


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