5th Grade Music
In the fall of 5th Grade, students continue playing recorders. Students who attended Kegonsa as 4th Graders should already have recorders. For students new to Kegonsa, or if your 5th Grader will need to purchase a new Peripole Soprano Halo Recorder for any reason, please let Mrs. Benson know. Purchase forms will be available this September and will be posted on the web site.
This year, our school will celebrate Veterans Day in an all-school assembly on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8:20 a.m. Our students will sing the Peace Round and the National Anthem and will observe two minutes of silence. 5th grade students may audition for a place leading the school in singing - see Mrs. Benson if you are interested! Red, white, and blue clothing is encouraged for all students on that day. Family members who have served or are serving our country are encouraged to attend (in uniform if possible) so we can honor your service! Click here for more information about this special day. Learn more about the Star Spangled Banner by clicking here.
Middle School Visits & Instrument Testing
In November and December, there are a few special musical events just for 5th graders! First, River Bluff Middle School Band, Chorus, and Orchestra members will come to visit our 5th graders to give them a small performance. Then, our 5th graders will have an opportunity to try out any instrument in the entire band or orchestra! All students are given this opportunity so that they can better understand which instruments might be good choices for them should they choose to join an ensemble at River Bluff in the fall of their 6th grade year.
In the fall, all 5th grade students have the opportunity to try out for All-State Choir. All-State Choir is a special experience that happens outside of the school day. Only six students from each elementary school in the state can be selected to attend. Students who make it into the choir practice on their own using CDs and with Mrs. Benson during free time before or after school or during recess. Then, on January 13th, selected students will travel to Wausau, Wisconsin to participate in intensive all-day rehearsals with hundreds of Wisconsin's best student singers and a famous choral director. At the end of the day, students perform a large concert in a grand performance space. All-State Choir is optional, but students who audition and accept the commitment to participate must also arrange transportation either with their families or with other students’ families to the event. There is a fee associated with attending, but scholarships are available for students with financial need. Permission slips will be available on the Music Files page. More information can be found on WCDA’s website.
Madison Youth Choirs (MYC) Annual Boychoir Festival
Every year Kegonsa’s male students in grades 2-5 have the opportunity to participate in a special event called the Annual Boychoir Festival in Madison, WI on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This is an official school field trip, but since it is on a weekend day, participation is optional. It is a great music opportunity for boys to come together and sing with tons of other boys from Dane County and beyond. Boys in grades 2-12 work in smaller age-group choirs and as a large group choir to learn songs during the day and then they perform a public concert the same night. They are still finalizing the details for this year’s Boychoir, so please watch the music web site for more information. Click here to learn more about MYC.
Opera for the Young - Rusalka, A Mermaid's Tale
Every year, through the generous support of Working For Kids, Kegonsa students and Opera for the Young perform a famous opera. Although all students K-5 learn music and stories from the opera, 4th and 5th grade students have a special opportunity to audition to become a cast member who will sing and dance on stage with the professional opera cast. On April 6th our entire school will take a field trip to the Community Building Gym by River Bluff Middle School to see professional opera singers and our very own Kegonsa 4th and 5th Graders perform Rusalka, A Mermaid's Tale at 9:00 a.m. The show is open to the public and free of charge. Students will be encouraged to wear school-appropriate costume items that fit the theme of the production. For those students that audition and make it in to the opera cast, there are special rehearsal and time requirements; including required attendance at additional practices at school and an additional performance at the Stoughton Opera House on April 8th at 1:30 p.m. Students in the show are expected to arrive for a practice at 12:00 noon that day. Auditions will be held in the last week of February. If your student is interested, please watch for more details this spring! Click here to learn more about Opera for the Young.
5th Grade Concert
Every year, 5th Grade students work together to produce their own concert. Students pick the theme, the songs, the art, the movements, and the props. Students should start thinking about ideas that are school-appropriate and can involve everyone! This year's 5th Grade Concert will be held on May 4, 2018 at 2:15 p.m. in the Kegonsa Gym. Please mark your calendar now so that you and your child will be able to attend. As practice materials like song lyrics become available, they will be posted on this site.
5th Grade Talent Show
5th Graders also have the opportunity to audition to perform in a 5th Grade Talent Show at the end of the school year. Past year’s acts ranged from martial arts demonstrations to singing solos to Chinese yo-yo acts! We encourage all interested students to start planning their talent now. The end of the school year can really sneak up on you! Auditions for the Talent Show are typically held near the end of April or the first week of May. This year’s Talent Show will be held on June 5th at 2:05 in the Kegonsa Gym. All 5th Grade students will sing the final song of the Talent Show together.
WSTO TV Recordings
IMPORTANT NOTICE: WSTO TV will be filming Kegonsa's 1st Grade through 5th Grade concerts and placing the footage on Charter Channel 98, Digital TV Channel 981, and their website! Families can even purchase a professional DVD of the concert from WSTO. However, if you marked "withhold all" or "withhold some" information on your child's school registration form, they will not be able to be filmed as the school district needs permission to have your child's image shown on TV. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Benson.