New choir teacher brings back old tradition

Margaret Oliphant
Video Editor

The 2022-2023 choir class prepares to perform their winter concert. Photo provided by Jaylen Davis

The choir is starting the year off by performing with the middle school choir and directors from outside of the district.

Choir students will spend the day in the auditorium working on songs and techniques. The performance is from 6:30 p.m. -7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, with free admission.

The choir started working on the songs right away in the school year, starting with learning “Oh Love.” It took one week for the group to learn. The choir is also learning a new version of the Star Spangled Banner to use throughout the year.

“It’s going really well, we sound really good if I do say so myself, we have a really good blend,” President of Choir senior Lily Justis said.

“Davis is changing a lot and in a good way,” Senior and choir liaison of Tri-am, (a club for band, orchestra and choir) Layla Salmon.

Chamber Choir and Hixson’s choir will each sing one song separately and one together. There will be an appearance from international educator Maria A. Ellis. Ellis is a music educator and conductor and owner of Girl Conductor LLC, specializing in music education resources and serves as the artistic director of The Sheldon’s All-Star Chorus and the UMSL Voices of Jubilation Ensemble.

The festival is to help integrate the choir into the school and give students exposure to music as well as to encourage the younger students to take music classes.

The middle school will be singing “Spark of Light,” and the high school will sing “Bring Me Little Water Sylvie,” and together, they will sing Pink Zebra’s “A New Day.”

This will be choir director Jaylen Davis’ second year at Webster and he has made sure some students have jobs. Two student conductors junior Cami Smith and senior, Andi Zigler who help conduct music as well as performing. president of choir, senior Lily Justis who plans things for the choir as well as runs them.


Margaret Oliphant-Video Editor

This will be Margaret Oliphant’s first year on ECHO staff. She made several contributions while taking journalism class her junior year.

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