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Kamehameha Keaau Kids Perform in Worlds Largest Concert

Students enjoyed performing " 'Ulili E (The Sandpiper),"

Students enjoyed performing " 'Ulili E (The Sandpiper),"

The National Association for Music Education announced the school ensembles to be featured in the World’s Largest Concert® (WLC®) in March 2009. The World’s Largest Concert has been the highlight of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) since 1985. A sing-along concert linking students around the world through music, the World’s Largest Concert reached an estimated 6 million students, teachers, and music supporters in recent years.

A DVD of the program, featuring video recordings of school ensembles from around the nation, is available for purchase from MENC. Teachers are encouraged to play the DVD at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 12, 2009, and to invite the rest of their school and members of their communities to attend and sing along. However, the World’s Largest Concert can also be shown at other times during March. The 2009 WLC will not be televised on PBS. Local public access channels may carry the show (check local listings).

The singing of " “'Ulili E” was filmed in photogenic Hilo Bay, where ocean-going canoes called wa’a are commonplace.

The singing of " “'Ulili E” was filmed in photogenic Hilo Bay, where ocean-going canoes called wa’a are commonplace.

The school ensembles featured in the concert and their directors, all MENC members, are listed below:

Kate Offer, Conservatory of Vocal/Instrumental Arts, Oakland, California
Audrey Adair-Hauser, LaVoy Exceptional Center, Tampa, Florida
Christy Boyer, Meadowlane Primary Elementary School, West Melbourne, Florida
Darlene Hartley, Dr. N. H. Jones Elementary School, Ocala, Florida
Christine Lauen, Bonifay Elementary School, Bonifay, Florida
David Pletincks, Hernando County, FL and Powell Middle School, Brooksville, Florida
David Pletincks, Powell Middle School MicroSociety and Performing Arts Center, Brooksville, Florida
Linda Swartout, Indialantic Elementary School, Indialantic, Florida
Francesca Veglia-Dansky, Emma E. Booker Elementary School, Sarasota, Florida
Sheila Clopton, Robins Elementary School, Robins AFB, Georgia
Elizabeth Jennings, Oglethorpe Point Elementary School, St. Simons Island, Georgia
Catherine Pickren, Sugarmill Elementary School, St. Marys, Georgia
Cynthia Debus, Kamehameha Schools Hawaii, Kea’au, Hawaii
Paul Olson, West Jr. High School, Maple Grove Elementary School, Amity Elementary School, Grace Jordan Elementary School, and Horizon Elementary School, Boise, Idaho
Janet Sinks, Mt. Vernon District 80 Primary Center, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Jan Rittenhouse, Bloomfield Elementary School, Bryant, Indiana
Gail Waller, West Louisville Elementary School, Owensboro, Kentucky
Sally Hermann, Bains Elementary School, St. Francisville, Louisiana
Nancy Bennett, Willow River Elementary, ISD #577, Willow River, Minnesota
Judy Jones, Hinsdale School, Hinsdale, Montana
Mary Cawley, Manasquan Elementary School, Manasquan, New Jersey
Jan Courtney, White Rock School, Oak Ridge, New Jersey
Suzanne Piombo, Lenox Elementary School, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Susan Redvanly, Clarendon School, Secaucus, New Jersey
Catherine Leon, The William E. Cottle School, Eastchester, New York
Bruce Becker and Katie Cromer, Queen’s Grant Community School, Mint Hill, North Carolina
Eleanor Nesbitt, Alamance Elementary School, Greensboro, North Carolina
Jeremy Tucker, Wells Elementary School, Wilson, North Carolina
Jane Waddell, St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Barbara Thomas, St. Helen School, Dayton, Ohio
Rose Mary Warnecke, Jennings Local School District, Ft. Jennings, Ohio
Barbara Burns, Carolina Springs Elementary School, Lexington, South Carolina
Ann Cheek, Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School, Charleston, South Carolina
Nicole DeRuyter, Syble Hopp, De Pere, Wisconsin
Catherine Ashanky, Grove Hill Elementary School, Shenandoah, Virginia
Amy Lelito, Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School, Front Royal, Virginia
Patricia Deming and Sharon Johnson, Grass Lake Elementary School, Kent, Washington
Carolyn Sweterlitsch, H. D. Cooke Elementary School, Washington, DC

The 2009 concert program is “An American Song,” “Ev’rybody Say Peace,” “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” “J’entends Le Moulin/I Hear the Windmill,” “I’ll Make the Difference,” “It’s Our World,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” “There’s Magic in the Music,” and “Ulili E/The Sandpiper.” A free 2009 World’s Largest Concert Teacher’s Guide, including the vocal and piano music, lesson plans, rehearsal tracks, and more, is available online at www.menc.org/events/view/world-s-largest-concert.

The singing of " “'Ulili E”

The singing of " “'Ulili E”

This year, GATEWAY4M, producer of the animated TV series Wunderkind Little Amadeus® – The Adventures of Young Mozart (distributed by American Public Television and premiering this fall) lends financial support to the World’s Largest Concert. “The overall mission of Wunderkind Little Amadeus is to inspire a strong appreciation of classical music among children and to encourage them to make music an active part of their lives – whether through playing an instrument or singing,” said Peter Will, CEO of GATEWAY4M. “Our mission dovetails perfectly with that of MENC and its efforts to realize the World’s Largest Concert, an extraordinary event which demonstrates in a unique way the power of singing.”

Once again, the Hal Leonard Corporation of Milwaukee, WI, provides the vocal and piano accompaniment sheet music for use with the concert. “Music has an extraordinary power to make us feel joy, courage, energy, and even sadness, but what’s even better is that music has the power to bring people together,” said Emily Crocker, vice president of choral publications for Hal Leonard. “Hal Leonard supports teachers, students, and music education, and we are honored to be part of MENC’s World’s Largest Concert.”

For more information, visit www.menc.org/events/view/world-s-largest-concert.

You can click here for an article regarding the shoot.

Students in the Kamehameha Schools Chorus filed their entry for the World's Largest Concert under the direction of Cindy DeBus.

Students in the Kamehameha Schools Chorus filed their entry for the World's Largest Concert under the direction of Cindy DeBus.

Q: Why did you (Cindy Debus) select the songs your students sang?
A: I was very excited to see that for the first time in the 15 years that I have been participating in the WLC, a Hawaiian song was chosen to be part in the program. “’Ulili E” is a very popular mele (song) here in the islands. I thought it would be very appropriate that Hawaiian keiki (children) help bring the song to children around the world.

Our children are taught to respect all cultures, so “Ev’rybody Says Peace” seemed like a wonderful choice to open the line of discussion about the several cultures that were introduced in the verses…

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One Response

  1. Congratulations on this accomplishment. We are so proud of these kids!

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