Children’s choir sings for Germantown retirement-community residents

Retirees were singing along and tapping their toes as the children’s choir from Settlement Music School (SMS) stopped by to provide some aural entertainment on Saturday.

The performance, which was held at the Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley retirement community in Germantown, included a mix of folk, popular and classical tunes.

“I think that singing gives people motivation,” said sixth-grade choir member Hope Lee, “and it’s nice because they remember the songs we sing.”

Singing as happiness

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Founded in 1908, SMS is the largest community school of the arts in the country. Choir members, between the ages of 8 and 14, travel for performances throughout the year.

“When I’m singing I’m happy,” said sixth grade choir member Ayoka Storall, “and I think singing for other people makes them happy too.”

Caroline Davidson, a community activist and retired music teacher, played piano accompaniment this weekend.

“I think they wouldn’t have thought about a place like this until performing here,” said Davidson. “It’s an opportunity for them to sing for the people here who can enjoy the sight of a child singing; the sound of children’s voices is touching to anyone.”

A good cause

Rae Ann Anderson, choir director, was excited for the group to sing for a good cause as part of the school’s community outreach.

“Performances like this teach the children the idea of sharing and giving by using their vocal talents,” said Anderson. “This level of music making connects them with the audience — and you see the reactions — you see the smiles and people singing along with us.”

Anderson said she wants the choir to do more outreach work like visiting senior communities.

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