The Brenau University Music Department, along with the Gainesville City Schools System Choral Department is hosting the 3rd Annual 5th Grade Honor Chorus on Feb. 12 on Brenau’s historic Gainesville campus. The 5th graders’ day of work culminates in a free, open to the public, concert in Pearce Auditorium at 5 p.m.
Starting at 9 a.m., students from Centennial Arts Academy, Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Fair Street IB World School, Gainesville Exploration Academy and New Holland Core Knowledge Academy arrive at Brenau and break into small groups, practice performance techniques, play musical games and hear the Gainesville High School Boys Quartet perform.
“The 5th Grade Honor Chorus gives students an opportunity to experience singing in a choral group and discover if they enjoy this musical activity,” said Bobby Ivey, Brenau University music professor and a co-director for the Honor Chorus.
In chorus, he said, students have the opportunity to develop their musical talent, be creative, use critical thinking skills to learn to sight read music, work collaboratively with other students, develop a discipline of practice and performance and build self-esteem as part of a collaborative group.
“This is one of my favorite events we put on,” said Ivey. “I enjoy working with the students in the community and engaging them with music at an early age.”