Paideia High School music students came together in March with students from fourteen area schools at the annual Panorama Music Festival sponsored by the Panorama Music Educators Consortium. This year’s event, hosted by Inchelium School District, combined a full day of rehearsals, fellowship and social activities that culminated in a concert showcasing the talents of our region’s students.
Eighteen PHS choir students and one instrumentalist participated in six hours of rehearsal before the evening concert. Guest conductors coached roughly 190 music students, divided into separate band and choir groups, through a series of practices during which they rehearsed four preselected arrangements and five choral pieces. Andrew Horton, a Paideia freshman, was selected as a soloist for the evening performance and many other Paideia students were chosen to introduce each of the choral pieces.
Students also enjoyed several cultural and social opportunities as part of the day-long event. Inchelium School food services, Community Center staff, plus many parent volunteers prepared two wonderful meals: Indian tacos for lunch and a spaghetti buffet for dinner. A special native dance and drum performance by the Inchelium Tribal Dancers entertained everyone during lunch.
After such a long day of rehearsals and activities, the students performed wonderfully at the concert. The five songs learned during the festival will be performed by our students at the Paideia Spring Concert at Valley School on May 25th.