Fox Chapel Area Community Sing Concert
The Fox Chapel Area School District will be hosting a special community sing concert Friday, March 31, 2017, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the district elementary choirs, as well as very special guest Nick Page. Page is a Boston-based composer, conductor, and author who is best known for his song leading.
The concert is the culminating event of Page’s visit. He will visit all four Fox Chapel Area School District elementary schools March 30 and 31 where he will work with each schools’ choir and then hold all-school assemblies where he will lead songs with the entire school. Page’s visits at each school will be as follows: March 30 – Hartwood Elementary from 9-11 a.m. and O’Hara Elementary from 1-3 p.m.; and March 31 – Kerr Elementary from 9-11 a.m. and Fairview Elementary from 1-3 p.m.
The special evening program will feature a song composed by Page and commissioned by the Fox Chapel Area School District Music Department entitled “Train Song.” The song combines the American railroad song “Nine Hundred Miles” with a South-African train song, “Mbombela.” The students will be singing and accompanying the song on Orff and other percussion instruments. The concert will also include an arrangement of the South African song “Hamba Nathi,” as well as the song “Fairest Lady,” an original composition of Page. In addition to the elementary choirs performing together, Page will also lead the entire audience in a singalong.
Page’s visit and the community sing concert is being made possible through the use of the Fox Chapel Area School District Gala funds. The district held a Community Gala in 2012 to raise money to benefit the arts programs at Fox Chapel Area School District.
According to Kerr Elementary music teacher and elementary music department chair Christy Ehman, everyone is looking forward to Page’s visit with the students and the special evening community concert.
“Our department is so appreciative that our district values and supports the arts for all children and families, and that the district promotes music education at all levels through a variety of opportunities for our students,” she said. “The elementary choral students are especially excited about this performance since ‘Train Song’ was written specifically for them!”
The community sing concert will be held March 31 in the Fox Chapel Area High School auditorium at 7 p.m. The event is free and all district residents are invited to attend this very special event.
About Nick Page
In the 1980s, Page was a conductor with the Emmy Award winning Chicago Children’s Choir. Since 1990, he has led Boston’s Mystic Chorale and guest conducted around the word including at three of the four Carnegie Halls (Pittsburgh, New York, and Scotland). His choral works have premiered everywhere from Lincoln Center to humble school cafetoriums. Page is the author of three books and has close to 100 published choral pieces.