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Mountain View on the Move

CSMA, Whisman school district present Choral Fest at Shoreline


Courtesy of CSMA
Choral Fest features students from the Mountain View Whisman School District’s nine elementary- and middle-school choruses. Each school group will sing one song on the Shoreline stage.

The Mountain View Whisman School District and the Community School of Music and Arts are scheduled to present the 13th Annual Choral Fest, “Sing, Snap & Swing,” 5-8 p.m. May 12 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.

Gates and concessions will open at 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Oakland a cappella group SoVoSo, which sings a rhythmic mix of jazz, gospel, world and R&B music in an improvisational style, is slated to perform an interactive set on the main stage at 6 p.m. Student performances will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Choral Fest features students from the Whisman district’s nine elementary- and middle-school choruses. Each school group will sing one song on the Shoreline stage. The show will open and close with all of the choruses, approximately 575 students, performing together. Before the main-stage performances begin, the Graham Middle School Jazz Band will provide pre-show entertainment on the picnic area side stage 5-6 p.m.

All elementary school students in the Whisman district receive weekly music instruction through CSMA’s in-school music education program, Music4Schools. CSMA produces Choral Fest, founded in 2001, with support from the Whisman district, Shoreline Amphitheatre, the Mountain View Educational Foundation and the Los Altos/Mountain View PTA Council.

“Choral Fest is a perfect example of how our community resources come together to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our local youth,” said Leah Lader, CSMA’s Music4Schools manager.

Superintendent Craig Goldman of the Mountain View Whisman School District said Choral Fest is a “fabulous celebration” of the district’s commitment to performing-arts education and the collaborations that make it possible.

“The event showcases exceptional music instruction from CSMA and our middle-school teachers in a beautiful and professional venue provided by Shoreline Amphitheatre,” he said. “We are so grateful for the generous support of the Mountain View Educational Foundation, the individuals and businesses that fund our local parcel tax, CSMA and the city of Mountain View.”

CSMA’s Music4Schools and Art4Schools programs serve more than 15,000 students at 30-plus schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The Music4Schools curriculum teaches singing, creative movement, instruments, music appreciation and cultural understanding of music and its origins.

For more information, visit arts4all.org.

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