The percussion ensemble and choir at Fairview have been around for many years and have participated in many of our long-standing traditions that I’m thrilled to continue here! The students in these ensembles perform twice throughout the year, once in December and again in April for our school’s Spring Festival.
Our chorus, The Cardinal Quavers, is made up of about 30s students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. In our percussion ensemble, Cardinal Collision, there are also around 30 students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Many of those students are members of both ensembles!
Students singing with the Cardinal Quavers enjoy a variety of types of music so our literature selections are based upon a mixture of student favorites, parodies, pop music, and traditional music. Our Cardinal Collision performers perform on various types of percussion instruments ranging from traditional hand drums and orff instruments to unconventional percussion such as basketballs, bucket drums, and drinking cups.
These two ensembles perform music independently as well as collaboratively to give students a unique performance experience that isn’t possible without extra-curricular instruction. These students stay after school for an hour each week to prepare for their performances.