Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Hats off to Max Stimac and the amazing performance Tuesday night featuring the choirs of the middle and high schools. Over 100 beautifully dressed, rehearsed and talented students combined forces, thrilling parents and the lucky ones who were smart enough to attend the evening at the Church of the Big Wood.

Having been involved with the music programs in the schools myself, I remember Max's first few years and wondered how he would ever put it all together. Well, let me tell you ... I have never seen so many eyes trained on a conductor, so many willing voices from sixth grade to 12th grade, all together, perfectly choreographed, student accompanists and, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe seven different ensembles from 100-plus voices to girl choirs, a male quartet and soloists, with never a break in the flow. To see so many kids on stage, smiling, feeling the words and music; let's just say it warms the heart and should be a clear view for all of us, especially in this valley, how important music is in the schools.

Thanks to Holly and Bart Bailey, Dorinda Rendahl, Jim Watkinson and R.L. Roswey for believing in what they do and giving of their time to these wonderfully talented kids. Next time you see a concert scheduled, make sure you go—though you may not find a seat. Congratulations to Mr. Stimac and kids—you simply rock.

Dede Morris


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