The Village Elementary Choral Program has a long, proud tradition of award-winning excellence. Students are offered two leveled ensembles which gives them the opportunity to practice more advanced singing skills over the course of their time in the program. In CRUSADER CHOIR, beginning and intermediate second through fifth grade singers learn the basics of pitch matching, tone production, two-part harmonization, vowel shaping, and choral blend and balance. In VILLAGE VOICES, advanced fourth and fifth grade singers continue to expand on those skills learned in CRUSADER CHOIR, while adding sight-singing and a third harmony part to their skill set. Students in both groups sing in multiple languages each year and have several performances. Both groups also have the opportunity to attend a professionally adjudicated competition in the spring. The goal of the program is to foster a life-long love of singing and to provide students with the skills necessary to continue their musical education beyond their elementary years.
MEET THE INSTRUCTOR | MEGAN BARLOW
Megan Barlow, Elementary Music and Elementary Choir Director, attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated magna cum laude with her degree in music education in 2004. She is a professional pianist, organist, bassoonist, percussionist, and woodwind player, and she has been in elementary education her entire career. She has a long, distinguished record establishing and leading exceptional elementary music programs in both public and private schools in Virginia, Illinois, and California. She has also taught middle school choirs, high school percussion and marching band, handbells, theater, and even “The History of Rock.”