I made time to attend the Kenneth Cooper Middle School Choir Concert this week, and I was blown away. Hosted on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, these young men and women performed about 30 minutes of music from memory, which is a feat unto itself. Their repertoire ranged from a baroque piece by Handel to gospel to modern classical. Their performance comportment was absolutely flawless. Even when one chorister started feeling ill on stage, the entire choir handled the situation very professionally.
These children and their amazing teacher Ms. Gina Matlock were the only middle school chorus in the state to be selected to perform at the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association conference — and they will sing tonight. What an honor for them all, which speaks so highly of the regard Ms. Matlock's peers have for her.
The Putnam City Schools Foundation is a small part of this process in that we are funding a portion of their trip thanks to our very generous donors. The students have worked to raise funds from a variety of sources in order to make this exciting opportunity come to fruition, and we are so grateful to be a part of them. They are making Putnam City look great!
Having grown up in the music program in this district, I know firsthand how much work went into preparing these middle schoolers for this concert. Memorizing music is one thing, but these children sang in Italian, they had beautiful unified vowels and precise cut-offs. Those marks of perfection do not just happen; it is through practice led by a skilled music educator. We are very proud that this group is carrying on the tradition of arts excellence in Putnam City.
Good luck tonight Cougars! We will be waiting to hear rave reviews from your performance!