HELENA – From elementary school to middle school, holiday music concerts have changed over the past two years due to COVID-19. Yet despite the need to adapt, holiday cheer is still in the air for college students.
Last year there was no vacation program for students at Jefferson Elementary School
âStrange void. What month is it? Why am I not tired? Said Margeret O’Connor, a music teacher at Jefferson Elementary School.
O’Connor says this year, while the performance for the holidays is virtual, it still has an impact.
âIt’s really been two years since I last did a December program and throughout the district I think it’s been fun also to see them go back to being the resilient little performers they are,â O’Connor said. .
And Jefferson Elementary Principal Lona Carter says this year is one step closer to normal.
âWhile it’s not exactly what we like to do, it’s a step in the right direction and I feel like this entire year has been a step back or forward for us into something like more to what we want to be here for our students and our families, âCarter said.
Across town at CR Anderson Middle School, band, orchestra and choir teachers say music has never been more necessary.
âMy colleagues, I think, said it better than I, my bandmate here at CR, his comment was we’re back We’re back we’ve played so much music and we’ve played it for the audience and the music is alive and well and it’s loud, âsaid Kevin Cleary, director of the CR Anderson orchestra.
The school’s music teachers could not have performed without the support of families and the community.
âNot only did they support us last year when we were doing a lot of virtual concerts, but they’ve been a great support this year as we try to come back to something new and a little different. So we really appreciate the support from the community, âCleary said.
And looking back on the school year, Principal Carter is happy to see the kids in person.
âI can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it is to have kids in our school five days a week so close to being back to normal in quotes. It’s so good for them that they need to be in school. We want them here every day and we are starting to see them blossom and grow after a very difficult time for them and their families, âCarter said.