INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Public Schools All-City Honor Choir returns in 2015 through a partnership with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the state’s largest chorus. Following auditions in late 2014, the All-City Honor Choir includes a roster of 46 high school students representing Arsenal Technical High School, Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School, John Marshall Community High School, and Northwest Community High School.
Discontinued in 2009 due to a loss of funding, the IPS All-City Honor Choir served the students of IPS as both an educational opportunity and musical ambassador for the school system. Now, in conjunction with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir partnership, the Choir’s return will again address the educational and arts-related needs of its students and provide an alternative voice for IPS throughout Indianapolis.
Directed by IPS Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School music teacher Terion Cooper, weekly rehearsals began in January at Crispus Attucks High School. IPS provides transportation for All-City Honor Choir members to and from rehearsals in addition to use of the rehearsal space. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, now in its sixth year as the official choral partner of IPS, underwrites remaining expenses for the director, accompanist, printed music and folders, and food for weekly rehearsals. It is intended that the All-City Honor Choir will continue forward beyond the 2014/2015 academic calendar.
The All-City Honor Choir will present public performances in Indianapolis this spring, beginning with a premiere performance as part of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s annual Gala Bel Canto: New York, New York on Saturday, March 7 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Conrad and the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Tickets for the event that raises funds for music education programming are available at www.indychoir.org.
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