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M'ville schools get together for All-City Sing


Christopher Andersson

Pinewood Elementary students Kiley Wilson, left, Raquel Lara, center, and Alexa Willey, right, pose for the end of a song at the Marysville School District's All-City Sing on March 22.

Marysville's elementary and middle schools got together last week to sing together in the annual All-City Sing to finish off Music in the Schools Month.

The two-day event brought elementary and middle schools from the Marysville School District to take part in large group songs and individual school performances as well. They were held on March 22 and 23.

Five elementary schools and one middle school performed each night.

The annual concert is meant to be the culmination of the March "Music in the Schools Month," said Erik Eliason, Marshal Elementary music teacher and organizer of the concert.

In addition to holding the All-City Sing, local students participated in music activities throughout the month like going to Benaroya Hall to play their recorders alongside the Seattle Symphony.

This is the first year that the event has been held in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium, said Eliason.

"There's not the weird echoes you get when you're in a gym," he said.

In addition to better acoustics, they were able to split the event into two nights.

"We wanted to give each group more time so they could do more songs," said Eliason.

"It gives more chance to shine for each class," he said.

He said the event "went fabulous, each group was able to really take to the stage."

The All-City Sing provides a concert to demonstrate all the younger student's musical abilities, he said.

"It's a great chance to showcase elementary singing and choir," he said.

"It builds a lot of excitement and momentum in the kids to begin thinking about middle school choir," he said.

Totem Middle School music teacher James Orr also said it was a good experience for kids to see choirs of all kinds.

"I think it's a great experience for the kids who get to see choirs across the age spectrum at the event," he said.

"They begin to think about the whole timeline of being involved in choir," as they see the different choirs there, said Orr.

Students also like the scope of the event as well, said Eliason.

Christopher Andersson

Totem Middle School students from James Orr's choir sing at the Marysville School District's All-City Sing on March 22.

"They like being on the big stage at the high school, under the stage lights," he said. "They learn about the power of their voice because they get to sing with 300 other kids," he said.

Orr said the event is fun for his middle schools students because "they get to see their teachers from last year."

They also get to show how their abilities have grown in middle school, said Orr.

"My kids felt like the older and wiser ones, and got to perform a little bit more complicated songs," he said.

"They liked to show off their skills like that," he said.

Eliason wanted to thank M-PHS music teacher John Rants and drama teacher Roy Klementsen for giving up classroom space in the auditorium to accommodate the All-City Sing nights this year.


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