This Christmas season the annual Ceremony of Carols will look a bit different from previous years, yet in many ways this year’s ceremony will carry on JH Classical Academy’s tradition of celebrating Christmas together. Marc Powell, K-8 Music Teacher, says his number one goal when planning the Ceremony of Carols this year was safety and health concerns. Taking a note from fellow music teachers, he decided the best way to keep up the traditional ceremony safely was to hold a virtual performance.
Although pre-recorded without an audience of friends and family, the Ceremony of Carols will be very similar to that of previous years: Students will be traveling to the Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church by grade, so the ceremony will be in the same beautiful space, and students will still be able to perform in a special setting. Mr. Powell says this act of performance, even if pre-recorded, is an essential part of music, as students learn how to share their gifts well. And recording the ceremony in advance will give the opportunity to make sure it is as beautiful of a performance as possible.
All students, kindergarten through 12th grade, will participate in the ceremony. Kindergarten through 4th grade will sing two songs all together, spread out through the sanctuary, then each grade will sing two or three songs on their own. Fifth and 6th grade, the first classes to learn violin at JHCA, will perform a short song and a duet together, and 7th grade guitar students will also play a duet. Eighth grade students will each perform a short song on the piano, catered to their experience level. Whether these students are new to their instruments or have been playing for years, this ceremony will showcase their ability to “make really beautiful music, even at a beginner’s level,” Mr. Powell says.
In addition to music performances, a number of classes will be reciting various poems and stanzas, and the high school students will perform recitations from the Gospel of Luke. This nice blend of instruments, singing, and recitation will show the full scope of what students learn in their classical education here at JH Classical Academy. Be sure to check your email Monday, December 21st, for the video recording of JH Classical Academy’s 2020 Ceremony of Carols!
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