"SING AND MAKE MUSIC IN YOUR HEART TO THE LORD." Ephesians 5:19
IT’S TWO DAYS OF GREAT MUSIC AND FUN! A Saturday practice and a Sunday afternoon worship concert under the baton of a distinguished guest director. Participants will taste the richness of sacred choral music in a fun setting with other children and young people who love to sing.
Open to all students in grades 3 through 9 from any faith community, the festival is held at First Mennonite Church in Berne, Indiana. It culminates in a Sunday afternoon 2 o’clock concert. The children prepare for the festival by listening to music and learning the sheet music sent to them. In some geographic areas where enough children have registered for the event, group practices are also held in the weeks leading up to the festival.
Practice on Saturday, March 2, 2024 (9:00 am – 4:15 pm)
Concert performance on Sunday, March 3 @ 2 p.m.(free and open to the public)
Guest Director Don P. Ester, Ph.D.
Don Ester is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Ball State University, having retired in 2022 after 30 years as professor and area coordinator of music education. A 1980 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, he holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Ester has taught in the public schools and has served as a full-time church musician. A frequent guest conductor and clinician for choirs of all ages, he has conducted All-State Children’s Choirs in Indiana, South Dakota, Colorado, and Florida. Since 1990 he has presented over 150 clinics throughout the nation and served as guest conductor for over 75 festival choirs. His research interests include music literacy pedagogy, the adolescent voice, and instructional strategies; he is the author of Sound Connections: A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Music Literacy. Dr. Ester received the 1998 Ball State University Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2006 Indiana Outstanding University Music Educator of the Year Award, and the 2011 Ball State University Outstanding Faculty Academic Advisor Award. He is a past National Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education. In 2020, Dr. Ester was named an Outstanding Hoosier Musician by the Indiana Music Educators Association.
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