Butter Braids On Sale Labor Day Weekend

Salem Choir and Musical Theatre students will be taking orders for delicious Butter Braid frozen pastries through September 12. The orders come in the first week of October, making these a great choice for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any family get-together. These are great products, and available only through Salem students. Help support the Choir and Musical Theatre programs. Selected Art Department students at SHS will also be raising funds to help support their activities as well.

Online Music Lessons & Exercises

The addition of Chromebooks grades 6-8, and the addition of these devices to the high school in 2018 give us an opportunity to practice some skills online.

All Choir students grades 6-12 will be going through portions of the MusicTheory.net program this year. These lessons and exercises reinforce what is demonstrated in class, and skills will be tested from time to time.

All lessons and exercises are free, and can be done on any platform, including Android and iPhone. LINKS to the “GETTING STARTED” Info sheet here…

SMS Concert Cancelled

The Pops Concert originally scheduled for Monday, May 22 has been cancelled. School will not be in session and chances of getting all the students ready and present for the event are not good under the circumstances.

Chances of re-scheduling are uncertain, as the facility is in use for the 8th grade Honor Program later in the week.

Any updates will be posted here and on Twitter @SalemChoirs once more information is available.


2017 Solo-Ensemble Festival Results

Ten Salem Choir students earned performance slots at the ISSMA State Solo-Ensemble Auditions on Saturday, February 18 by achieving Gold Medal rankings at the ISSMA
District Festival.

They were among 44 Vocal Music soloists from Salem High School and Salem Middle School participating at the District auditions at Floyd Central High School January 28.

SHS students advancing to the State event include Elizabeth Batchelor, Jacki Azcuy, Laura Andis, Melea Hardin, Rachel Casey, Sabrina Tuell, Tiffany Cooke, Andrew Hoskins, Cody Blackwell, and Donovan Gray.

Other SHS students performing in Group I, the most demanding level, included Brianna Reynolds, Cora Saunders, Kelly Mount, Isabelle Reynolds, Sami Terrell, Jaden Knuckles, and Kaden Hebard, along with previous State qualifiers Courtney Rogers and Whitney Journell. All earned Silver medals.

Nathan Smith and Sydney Rogers earned Gold medals in Group II. Lauren Stevenson and Justice Brown earned Silver medals, and Ashtan Gilstrap was awarded a Bronze, also in Group II.

Nineteen Salem Middle School students performed at the Festival, with fifteen of these earning Gold medals. Gold medalists in Group II included Autumn Harley, Breawna Rice, Brooklyn Thompson, Kiley Gilbert, and Kimberly Herr. Destiny Davis and Kennedy Abner earned Silver medals in Group III.

Gold medalists in Group IV included Elizabeth Tussey, Ja’lyn Randall, Jennetta Kaiser, Kagan Jenkins, Natalie Blevins, Tirzah Hacker, and Trinity Gooch. Haylie Walker, Maleah Blevins, and pianist Jacob Rose all were awarded Gold medals in Group V, with Madi Irwin and Jocelyn Partin earning Silver awards.

The performances were the culmination of four weeks of individual instruction in weekly sessions conducted by accompanists/ vocal coaches Allison Fory Hall, Jennifer Johanningsmeier, and Bill Spencer-Pierce. The activity is supported by grants from the Salem Choir Parents Organization and the Salem Choirs.

The ten State-bound soloists will perform in a free recital Thursday, February 16, at 7:15 p.m. in the Salem High School Presentation Room. Details at SalemChoirs.org and on Twitter @SalemChoirs.