The Pasadena Unified School District hosted the annual Choir Festival on November 7, 2019, which featured the voices of hundreds of students performing traditional canons, Broadway musicals, and pop songs. The Festival, held at Pasadena High School, is part of the district’s vibrant arts education program that connects professional musicians with the students of PUSD.
The program began with the fifth grade Honor Chorus which performed the traditional canon Dona Nobis Pacem under the direction of Gayle Bluemel. The all-district 300-member Middle School Choir, under the direction of PUSD music teachers Emily Clark, Jonathan Gould, and Cassandra Franklin, performed Toto’s “Africa” and other selections.
Special guests from the Pasadena Master Chorale, with Conductor Jeffrey Bernstein performed alongside high school student vocalists, after each school had presented their own pieces in their own styles.
Finally, members of the audience joined performers in singing “Can You Hear” for the grand finale.
“There is no better representation of love and community than the joining of voices of all types and ages to create harmony and unison,” said PUSD’s Arts & Enrichment Coordinator Karen Anderson. “Creating a forum for 500 voices to join together is an experience like no other.”