Elementary Honor Choir Day Coming Jan. 30 at Southwestern College

The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is hosting the second annual Elementary Honor Choir Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. 

Music teachers will select the top six students in participating schools and convey information about the Elementary Honor Choir Day to the students and their parents. The cost is $7 per student (if paying online, a $0.50 service charge is added).  This includes lunch, two snack breaks, a t-shirt, music, a CD/digital recording of the music to practice with before the day, and transportation from school to SC to start the day.

“This event is an opportunity to have six of the top students from each elementary school in the Winfield and surrounding area schools join together to share their musical gifts and love of music,” says Brandi Young, director of the CMS. "Thank you to all of our sponsors, and a special shout out to the Legacy Community Foundation Grant for funding more than half of this day.""

The selected elementary students will have the opportunity to explore technique skills, discover new music, and work with others. 

Nikki Kirk will be the director of the choir. She is a music educator in the Arkansas City public school district where she teaches kindergarten through 5th grade general music.  Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield and is adjunct instructor of music at Southwestern College.  Kirk has more than 10 years of experience teaching and has taught general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas, in her home state of West Virginia, and at Coffeyville Community College.  As a performer, she has performed at the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., and performed as a trumpet and vocal soloist at educational events in the eastern and midwestern regions of the U.S. She is an active member of NAfME and ACDA, as well as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the region.

Marsha Granberry will be accompanying Kirk and the Elementary Honor Choir.  Granberry has taught music education in Leon, Wichita, and Rose Hill, as well as at Wichita State University and Southwestern College. 

The registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 8.  For more information about the Elementary Honor Choir Day, visit online at

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