Music is alive and well at Galaxy Middle
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the minds, and life to everything.” – Plato
Nowhere is the quote by Plato more evident than in the Chorus Room at Galaxy Middle School. Under the direction of Sharon Wade, a veteran teacher in her 39th year, the chorus has continued its rich music traditions despite all the curveballs from COVID-19.
Chorus students started the school year learning to sight-read, rhythm read, and find their singing voice. In October, they discovered “Your Brain on Music: Thrills and Chills,” how scary music affects us.
Members of the Advanced Chorus classes were honored to participate in a Master Class via Zoom with Dr. Russell Robinson, Emeritus Professor from University of Florida. The students performed Andrew Lloyd Weber Choral Favorites for him. Robinson then provided tips to enhance the music and answered students’ questions, wrapping up the 90-minute workshop reminding everyone to continue to love music.
The singers performed a Winter Concert, which was recorded and shared with their families.
The second semester started with Vocal Ensemble members performing for the Four Chaplains Ceremony, a remembrance that honors four military chaplains who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of their fellow service members during World War II.
The chorus also was honored to sing God Bless America for the NASCAR Truck Race in February. The performance was recorded at school and shown during the race at Daytona International Speedway, and the students also had the opportunity to attend the race in-person.