Gator Chorus Program Off to a Strong Start


N. Spells

Green Level chorus on stage.

The Green Level chorus program graced the stage for the first time this past Friday night. Chorus teacher Steven Olsen called it an “informance” rather than a performance because of the informal nature of the program. Olsen hopes that this informance will prepare his students for their full-length show coming up on December 12.

The Gator Chorus kicked off the night with “Will There Be a Morning” by Craig Hella Johnson. Then they demonstrated their mastery of the rhythmic side of music literacy by matching beats and syllables to commands from Olsen. Next, led by soloists Meghan Rey and Alivia Cap, the Gator Chorale sang “Goin’ Home” by Paula Langford, and showcased some of Olsen’s methods of teaching the tonal side of musical literacy. They also shared the importance of proper breathing techniques while singing.

The audience seemed to enjoy the show, and it offered a great opportunity for parents and staff to get a glimpse into Olsen’s chorus classroom.

Up next for the Green Level Arts program are a number of fundraisers and events, including an art sale and gallery walk at 7:00 p.m. on November 15, the winter dance concert on December 6 at 6:00 p.m., and the full-length winter chorus concert at 7:00 p.m. on December 12.