Bancroft Elementary School’s chorus is comprised of students in the fourth and fifth grades who love to sing. There are currently approximately 60 members. Fourth grade students practice Tuesday mornings and fifth grade students practice on Wednesdays. The two groups are combined in the weeks leading up to a concert. Musical literature includes folk repertoire, multicultural music, movie soundtracks, A Capella canons, and classical arrangements. Each genre features two-part harmony, partner singing, and/or unison voices. The chorus’ next performance is on May 23.
The Recorder Ensemble is comprised of students in the fourth and fifth grades who meet once per week before school. Participation in the ensemble provides an additional opportunity beyond music class to improve musicianship, further develop technique skills, and work with peers towards meeting group goals. The students in Orff Ensemble enjoy combining with the Chorus for concerts. The integration of these groups is a lot of fun. It requires a tremendous amount of focus and practice, but is well worth it in the end when everything comes together!
The Orff Ensemble features 15 dedicated students who arrive to school early one day per cycle to rehearse. For the winter concert they performed three challenging pieces. The students showed off their excellent instrumental technique on xylophones and metallophones on pieces like Shalom Cheverim and the crowd favorite Linus and Lucy. A clear highlight of the concert was when the Orff Ensemble added Latin percussion instruments and rhythms to create an upbeat accompaniment for the chorus’ version of Up on the Housetop. For the Spring concert, the Orff Ensemble hopes to have the same success, performing another exciting music show!
A big thank you to Bancroft Elementary School’s music teachers, Mr. Ben Green and Mrs. Michelle Strickland for all they do for our students!
Please click below to view our recent holiday concert videos.