Red Clay is proud of the students and teachers in the performing arts programs throughout the district. The general music experience begins in kindergarten, and the instrumental training starts in fourth grade. Throughout the years, the music teachers’ goals are to prepare students to be creative and artful performers and life-long appreciators of music.
To support those goals, the district is establishing an annual music festival series for students and the community. By definition, the festival will be a celebration of students’ performances in instrumental and choral music. Students will benefit from the festival series by learning the musical selections and receiving feedback from renowned guest adjudicators. Both the community and students also will benefit as musical listeners.
The first festival of the series was held on April 20th and showcased the high school bands, including Cab Calloway's Wind Ensemble. University of Delaware Professor Heidi Sarver was the guest adjudicator.
For the 2010-2011 school year, there will be a fall festival for middle schools followed by a spring choral festival for high schools. Each Red Clay music festival will be free to the community.
To extend the benefits beyond the students and the audience, voluntary donations will be taken at each festival. All contributions will be given to the Red Clay Education Foundation.
Red Clay invites the community to attend each of these festivals to celebrate our students’ musical talents and accomplishments.