Hello, KHS students, parents, teachers, and alumni, and community members!
My name is Sean Lawrence, and I will be serving as the KHS Choir Council President for the 2017-18 school year. It’s always fun for us to start our season with our annual Fall Chor Concert. This concert will be held on Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the KHS auditorium. Our theme for this concert this year is Do You Hear The People Sing?
Ultimately, that is the question: Do you hear the people sing? That can mean whatever you want it to mean. If it means singing in the shower after a long day of work, then that’s what it means to you. If it means hearing protests on television, then that’s what it means to you. Maybe for you, it’s having everyone home for dinner at night. Sure there’s no physical singing, but what that means for you is your own song. Maybe it’s a song that you can’t get out of your head. Maybe something is telling you to wake up early and go on a run. Maybe something is telling you to stay in bed, and watch Netflix all day (but that could also just be the flu talking). Anyway, the point is that hearing people sing can mean so many things to so many different people. That’s part of what makes us all unique!
As I rehearsed the music for this concert, I tried to think about how each of our pieces relates to the theme of the concert. I don’t sing because I think it’s about the talent that we all have. Singing gives me an opportunity to portray a message or a story to someone else; to show all of you what we’re singing about. We, as performers, are trying to send a message. We wouldn’t have concert themes if that wasn’t the case. To sing for enjoyment is one thing, but to sing for yourself or someone else brings forth completely different expectations and emotions.
One of my favorite moments every year is the Friday of Homecoming Week. Not the game. Not the fireworks. Not the halftime show. The photo. Every year we go to the football field to rehearse for the National Anthem prior to the Homecoming game. But before we leave, we all congregate in the choir room. This year, that meant all 178 of us in one room. Then, Mr. Popke will stand up on something and take a picture of everyone in the room. Every year that picture gets bigger. Every year Mr. Popke will have to stand on something even taller in order to be able to take the picture. So each and every year, we have more and more people singing. Do you see them? Do you hear them? Whether you’re a freshman in your first year of choir, or the Vice President of Choir Council, you still have an equal share in our big choir family. And yes, that freshman in Chorale just might be the Vice President of Choir Council their senior year.
So, if you just want to hear some people sing, come to our fall concert. But I give fair warning, you may end up leaving with more than just that. I hope to see you at the concert! Thanks for your support!
Erin Poggemann '22