Renaissance Academy’s Aliyah Quill Performs with the Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Honors Choir

Renaissance Academy’s Aliyah Quill Performs with the Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Honors Choir
Posted on 04/04/2013
Aliyah QuillHartford, CT --- On March 21-23, 2013, Aliyah Quill, a fifth grader at Renaissance Academy, attended and performed at the 2013 Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) National Honors Choir Conference held in Hartford, Connecticut. Earlier this year, Miss Quill auditioned and was accepted for this distinguished choir. Aliyah said that she felt “really honored to be chosen because only a small number of children are accepted out of the thousands who auditioned.” In addition, OAKE awarded Aliyah a $500 vocal scholarship to help offset the cost of the National Choir Conference for her and her family.

About this achievement, Mrs. Eileen Keller, Renaissance Academy Choir Director said, “This is a very difficult audition process and a great accomplishment which our entire school and community can celebrate.” Mrs. Keller, who is a member of OAKE and attended the conference with Aliyah and family, said she encouraged her singers to audition as she saw this conference as “a wonderful educational and unique experience.” The OAKE was founded in 1975 with a purpose to promote Kodály's concept of "Music for Everyone" through the improvement of music education in schools.

While in Hartford, the choir learned from world renowned composer, Susan Brumfield, attended musical workshops with their music director and children from around the country, and had the opportunity to tour this historical city. The children were also proud to perform during the Hartford Marathon Foundation’s “Sandy Hook Run For The Families” 5K run, which raised over $438,000 for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. (Watch the OAKE choir singing at the opening ceremonies)

The OAKE choir members began practice at the conference on March 21 and continued practicing until their performance on Saturday, March 23 at The First Cathedral in Bloomfield, CT. Aliyah said that she enjoyed meeting the conductor and making new friends at the conference, but that “the best part of the experience was getting to perform on stage after all the long hours of practice.”

Aliyah is a member of Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus of Chester County as well as Renaissance Academy’s Elementary Choir and Nutcracker cast, She has won the spelling bee for the last four years and has achieved high academic honors for the past two years. Mrs. Keller said that she was very proud of Aliyah and that, “Aliyah Quill demonstrates our school’s Core Values and eagerness for learning every day.”