RSMS Choral Music

A year like no other!

It has been an amazing first two-thirds of 2020.

Composer and Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim depicts our current frustrations perfectly: “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” We have not been able to create art in the ways we were accustomed, and that is frustrating. We all crave our next opportunity to be in the classroom together, working to build skills and relationships, and working to perform for our communities.

Much could be said about what we've lost and endured, but ultimately lingering on what was or what might have been is not altogether helpful. Dr. Jeff Benson, director of choral activities at San Jose State University, challenges us to consider what remains instead of grieve what we’ve lost. He lists the following points:

  • Art is resilient.

  • Music is not canceled.

  • Some of the greatest pieces of art were made during times of turmoil. Let’s create!

Remember two of our district’s core values: people are the priority and there is power in positivity. Figure out a simple way to create and share beauty today, right where you are. Be courageous, give grace, and do good work. Remind yourself of what was, savor what is, and work hard to make what will be amazing. We will be amazing. Let’s go, Norse!

Some frequently asked questions

  1. Are we going to have performances?
    Yes, with an asterisk. We are working towards a performance as if it will happen. There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding that, like "will there be an audience?" or "will it be virtual?". The overall idea is to have some public display of what we're doing in choir, but obviously we don't know what the future holds.

  2. How will rehearsals work?
    We will rehearse basically as normal, with the exception of having more space between each singer and using Chromebooks for our sheet music.

Our concerts have an admission fee of $3 for adults.

100% of your admission price for these concerts goes directly to support our music department. Roland-Story uses the revenues from concert admissions to purchase instruments and sheet music; to pay fees for solo contest, honor choirs and honor bands; to tune the pianos; and to hire clinicians and collaborative artists. Thank you for supporting our students in the musical arts!

2020–21 Performance Schedule

  • Fall Concert 7/8 Band & Choir — October 13, 7:00p

  • Christmas Concert 7/8 Band & Choir — December 8, 7:00p

  • Midwinter Concert 7/8 Band, 7th Choir, 8th Chamber Choir — March 2, 7:00p

  • 8th Musical — March 8, 7:00p

  • Spring Choral Concert 7/12 Choirs — May 18, 7:00p

For my students

“In the end, the arts make three things possible. First, they develop the mind by giving it opportunities to learn to think in special ways. Second, they make communication possible on matters that will not take the impress of logically constructed language. Poetry, after all, was invented to say what prose can never say. Third, the arts are places and spaces where one can enrich one's life. Such outcomes are not educationally trivial. When taken seriously, the arts have much to teach educators: they could provide the models needed to create schools that genuinely educate.”

Elliot Eisner, Professor of Art & Education, Stanford University