The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 8, 2013

Kids’ choir festival draws a full house

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A packed house at Emmanuel Baptist Church listened in attentive silence while 240 youthful singers put on a show Tuesday afternoon.

The Circle the State With Song choral festival drew students from public and private schools in Enid, Okarche, Seiling, Kingfisher and Hennessey.

But the show wasn’t merely singing. Conductor Angela McKenna called four students forward about half way through the show so they could demonstrate how they “boogie down.”

“This is one of the exercises we did today,” McKenna said.

The choir chanted to each of them in turn, “Show us how you boogie down.”

They demonstrated their best boogie moves while chanting back, “My hands in the air and my feet on the ground, this is how I boogie down.”

The audience clapped appreciatively after each demonstration.

Choir members, who spanned fourth through eighth grades, performed “The Adventures of Isabel,” “Walk in Jerusalem,” “I See the Moon,” “Two Childhood Songs,” “Shenandoah,” “Shady Grove,” and two foreign-language pieces, “Ma Come Bali Bene Bela Bimba” and “Ej, Lasko, Lasko.”

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