BMS choirs, orchestras to wrap up season with concert Thursday

Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Members of the sixth grade Honor Choir at Bueker Middle School practice singing "Cameroon" as directed by their instructor, Cheryl Lines, Tuesday morning before school. The choir will perform, along with the other BMS choirs and orchestras, during the last concert of the school year at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium.

The 2004 Bueker Middle School choirs and orchestras will give their last performance of the year Thursday after a season of gaining more experience on stage.

Led by the musical couple Kevin and Cheryl Lines, and with the accompaniment of Jane Huff and Carol Wolfe, the spring concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium and include what Cheryl Lines described as a varied, difficult and entertaining showcase. She said it will be a "wonderful end to a most successful musical season."

Students will share vocal selections such as "Sing a Jubilant Song," "Music in You," "Alouette," "Boomwhacker Boogie" and "Cameroon" and instrumental pieces like "Ode to Joy," "Jumpin' in July," "The Creepy Crawl" and "Peace Like a River."

The three BMS choirs distinguished themselves this year through public performances in Marshall and other communities. Along with their regular on-site performances, the BMS Singers participated in the community service of lessons and carols at Covenant Presbyterian Church in December 2003. The group also competed at the Central Methodist College music festival in February, earning a "I," superior rating, as did 119 members of the eighth grade Special Chorus, who were also involved in the festival.

Also making showings around Missouri was the 12-member sixth grade Honor Choir, which performed in March with the West Central All-District Choir of the Missouri Music Educators Association at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg and for a local P.E.O. meeting.

For the instrumental part of the showcase, the seventh and eighth grade Advanced Orchestra and fifth and sixth g rade Beginning Orchestra, boasting 52 members, will play pieces that serve as an example of their busy school year.

The advanced orchestra received all superior ratings at the Mid-Missouri Music Festival in Jefferson City in April despite being from one of the smallest communities represented.

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