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How Can I Keep From Singing? Middle School Spring Concert, Friday, May 12, 7pm

May 5, 2023 | Jessica Smith

On Friday, May 12, at 7pm in the Mustard Seed School gym, all students in grades 4-8 will present this year’s Middle School Spring Concert. The theme is How Can I Keep From Singing?.  The concert will feature:

  • The 4th and 5th Grade Recorder Ensemble playing music from their Carnegie Hall Link Up! concert
  • 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Ukulele Ensembles playing popular music including some audience sing-alongs
  • The PROS playing a variety of instruments and a newly commissioned piece arranged by MSS alum Max Oro-Hahn
  • The Choristers, Select Chorus, and Chorus singing a selection of music in a variety of languages and styles – including songs from MSS Founder Joan Litman’s new book on Middle Eastern music with Ms. Litman as a musical guest!

The concert is a culmination of the year’s work in music classes for students in grades 4-8. Come experience the talented musicians of the Middle School!

More information for families:

  • Students should arrive at the gym at 6:45pm before the concert on Friday, May 12
  • Students will receive a Spring Concert t-shirt that they should wear to the concert
  • Students should wear solid colored pants, jean, skirts, or shorts to the concert.

Jessica Smith

Music Teacher, Preschool and Grades 6-8; Worship Coordinator

With more than 20 years experience teaching music in a variety of settings from elementary to college, Dr. Jessica Smith has a deep love for music education, integrated arts curriculum, world music, and worship.
In 2017, Smith traveled to Ghana to study West African drumming and dance as part of a fellowship from Fund for Teachers. In 2015, she completed four years of training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais™ Practitioner, a method that uses neuroscience and movement as a catalyst for potent learning. As a clinician, Smith has led workshops in vocal studies and drum circle facilitation. Before coming to Mustard Seed School in 2008, Smith was the Director of Preparatory & Continuing Studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where she also served as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Smith enjoys traveling and spending too much money on plants at the Union Square Greenmarket.

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