allowed the JTSD Treble Choir to be the first and only choir
in the United States to perform “Sivela KwaZulu.” No one else
in the United States has been permitted to sing this composition.
The choir also performed a piece titled, “The Fox” that
was arranged by Shaeffer and Inman Intermediate’s music
teacher, Blake Richter. During this piece, Richter accompanied
the choir with an acoustic guitar and a mandolin. At the
end of the choir’s set of music, the completely filled room of
700 music educators from all over the state praised the choir
with a standing ovation.
Shaeffer says that he is looking forward to submitting his
larger choir, The Discovery Singers, to MMEA in two years.
Directors can submit applications and recordings for different
ensembles every two years and can submit the same ensemble
every four years. The Discovery Singers have grown
from seventy members to one-hundred members in the
past two years. This choir has received “1” ratings at the Boy’s
Choir of Springfield Festival, as well as sang for a Springfield
Cardinal’s game last year.
For the past eighty years, MMEA has held a conference at
the Lake of the Ozarks for their over 3,000 members to learn
from the countless number of music education seminars
and the many musical performances from collegiate, high
school, junior high, middle, and elementary school levels.
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