RMCA Students Perform with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Fourth-grade students from Rocky Mountain Classical Academy visited the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on Thursday, February 16, 2017. This is the second year RMCA participated in the LinkUp Concert Series Program. Aimed at grades 3-5, the Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute sponsors students across the world by partnering with orchestras and providing free curriculum and student books, as well as the symphony’s orchestral music.
Prior to attending, students practice a range of music, from Renaissance to contemporary, on a recorder, a string instrument, singing, or body percussion. Pieces include Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring", Holst's "Mars" from The Planets, and "O Fortuna" by Carl Orff. Teacher Ms. Natalie Barglowski said, "My students completely focused on what was happening. After the songs, they kept turning to each other, saying ‘We know these songs!’ That's what's so great about Core Knowledge. Students make connections from pieces and composers they learned about and relate it to music they hear performed."
The Philharmonic plays all of the music students learned, giving them opportunities to play during the performance. Elementary Music Teacher Julie Seibert commented the program “builds differentiation into the selections. For example, on "Anvil Chorus" by Italian composer Verdi, students played a string instrument, sang, or played an easier or more difficult recorder part. It was their choice.” Fellow Elementary Teacher Mrs. Barbara Frederiksen said, "I saw amazed students leaning all the way forward in their chairs. They could not believe how talented is Harrison High School’s Drumline.” Student Anberlin Sparling stated, "It was really awesome to play with an orchestra." Classmate Dylan Hedrick added, "It was cool to see the brass instruments playing live with the orchestra. Music is cool.”