HIGH SCHOOL: We began the second half of term 2 with a visit from Dr Roush and the York College Concert Choir! We sang with them on Unto Us A Son is Given, a commission piece we performed at Christmas, written by a friend of mine in 2018. Dr Clark Roush worked with us on some of our challenging pieces, giving some new insight into the most difficult piece this group has performed thus far! Our repertoire includes some modern compositions including the newest piece by Eric Whitacre, and a classic anthem by Classical Italian master Luigi Cherubini. We are also preparing for our Singing Valentines! Orders will open up soon, so stay tuned!
MIDDLE SCHOOL: The students spent the last month working on sight-singing and rhythmic skills using solfege. We are happy to welcome new choir members this term as we now begin to prepare for our spring performances. The 7th and 8th graders will also be attending an Elitch Garden's Festival in May where they will perform and be evaluated from music clinicians and judges followed by a fun day in the park!
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
Middle School Choir
Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to join the choir. Choir meets 1-2 times a week and studies a wide variety of music. Varying upon the given school year, choir has been broken down into 6th grade and 7th/8th grade. Students begin with choir basics of technique and performance skill, and grow into musicians who read, interpret, and perform an array of music. The choir performs 3-4 concerts a year at school, 1-2 concerts for the community including the Rockies game at Coors Field, and attends the Elitch Garden's Choir Festival May.
DC Singers is a choir that is focused on the full experience of music education. This includes, but is not limited to, sight-singing, discussion of the science behind singing, learning how to actively listen to music, music history and research, and the art of performance. Members of DC Singers learn a wide variety of music from all genres and difficulty in order to better prepare for All-State Choir auditions, collegiate choral ensembles, and even a career in music if they are so inclined! This choir provides multiple performance opportunities including school concerts, sporting events, Colorado Christian University's Choral Festival, an invitation to sing the National Athem at a Rockies game, DCS's Grandparent's Day Celebration, a Christmas "Cocoa and Carols" concert, and one traveling opportunity per year. This year, the choir will embark on a 5 day Midwestern Music Experience Tour! Students who attend will go site-seeing, visit three excellent colleges, clinics with nationally acclaimed conductors, and attend a concert in celebration of J.S. Bach conducted by conductor and composer Tom Trenney, all while performing in historic venues along the way.
Education/Degrees Held: Masters in Music Education with an Emphasis in Kodaly from Colorado State University. Bachelor's in Music Performance with an Emphasis in Voice and a Theater Minor from Colorado Christian University
Certifications/Credentials: All three Kodaly levels and holds a K-12 music license.
Growing up in a musical family, Jennifer was destined for the arts. Performing on stage and using her gifts has always been her passion until she discovered that she loves to see her students shine on stage even more. Prior to teaching in 2006, she spent time touring and traveling with different performance companies such as Up with People, Missoula Children's Theatre, and the Palm Beach Princess cruise line. She has spent most of her career teaching music and drama in charter schools but is thrilled to be at Denver Christian School. Along with teaching full time, she also runs a private piano and voice studio and has performed and directed in shows all across the Denver Metro Area where she served as Vice President for Platte Valley Players in Brighton. She also has a passion for leadership and helping others and establishments become their very best. Her greatest prayer for students of any age is that they learn to believe in themselves and have the confidence to do anything God has put before their path!
Education/Degrees Held: Masters Degree from Glenn Korff School of Music
In 2012, God made the call to music very evident is Tisa’s life. At York College in Nebraska, she changed her major from Psychology to Music Education and began the long journey that would change her life forever. Music has always been part of her life, reaching all the way back to how her grandparents met one another, but the call to teach music challenged her to change herself for the better into the person God created her to be. Upon completing the first part of her degree in Vocal Performance, she realized her passion resided with Choral music and opted to begin her masters a year earlier than originally planned at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. In 2018, she graduated with a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting, got married, and relocated to Denver, Colorado. The only thing that was missing was the choir her soul deeply desired to direct.
Mrs. Krekel was drawn to Denver Christian School because of the passion God instilled in her to help her students grow in their faith and their ability through music. To her, music education is more than a creative outlet, but a way for students to learn and apply critical life skills in a creative setting. Music can draw people from all walks of life together, creating friendships and facilitating relationships that may not be accessible otherwise. Music can be a journey students travel together to ultimately find belonging, much like a faith walk. When Denver Christian opened its job search to find a director of High School Choral Activities and International Student Activities, Mrs. Krekel was lead to apply and overcome with joy to be part of the DCS team.
Mrs Krekel has taught in private studios throughout York and Lincoln, Nebraska, and worked with multiple Denver county schools through her work with Neighborhood Music Stapleton. She is married to Ben Krekel and enjoys attending concerts, discovering local restaurants, playing board games, and spending time with her 5 nieces and nephews whenever she can.