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Is Music the Key to Success?

Joannie Lipman discusses this topic in a New York Times article.

Welcome, to our new Estes Elementary Music
Teacher: Elizabeth Etienne

Elizabeth Etienne is thrilled to be the new music teacher at Estes Elementary School. A native of Henderson, KY, Mrs. Etienne holds a Bachelors in Music Education (May, 2012) and a Masters in the Art of Teaching (May, 2013), both from the University of Louisville.

A French hornist, Mrs. Etienne has performed with the University of Louisville Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, held the position of 2nd chair with the University of Louisville Orchestra, and will be performing at the 2013 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL with the Louisville Chamber Winds.

Mrs. Etienne student taught at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary School in Louisville under the supervision of Orff-certified educator Ashley Sumner, and at Oldham County High School under KMEA President-elect Brad Rogers. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing her horn, and spending time her husband, Brandon.

Welcome, to our new OHS Band Teacher: Abe Barr

I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work in the Owensboro Public School System where the arts are so supported.

For the last seven years, I have taught at North Hardin High School in Radcliff, KY, one of the premiere band programs in our state. I bring with me a passion for music and teaching and hope that the students, faculty, and community will soon take pride in the OHS band program.

My goal is to provide our students with a positively life changing experience through performance in band and I feel this administration and community have primed this program for success.

Welcome, to our new OMS Art Teacher: Enid Roach

Opening Your Imagination Through Music!

Bobby McFerrin plays... the audience!

Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind

Music produces profound and lasting changes in the brain. Schools should add classes, not cut them...

OHS Students Selected for All-District Band

Congratulations to the following students selected by audition to the 9/10 All-District band this year:

Crystal Lamar 8th chair flute
Savannah Patterson 10th chair clarinet
Ciera Reyna 14th chair clarinet
Dylan Glass 2nd chair alto saxophone
Christian Brionnes 4th chair alto saxophone
Brandon Todd 1st chair tenor saxophone
Alex Gunter 2nd chair french horn
Matt Renfrow 3rd chair french horn
Jesse Boyle 4th chair tuba
Jarron Scoggins 3rd chair snare drum

These students were selected to the 11/12 All-District band and have advanced to the final round of all-state band auditions to be held at John Hardin High School on December 8th.

Maurice Hanley 2nd chair flute
Mary Lewe 1st chair clarinet
Joe Hamilton 1st chair alto saxophone
James Mapp 7th chair trumpet
Jarrod Piper 1st chair mallet percussion

A great showing with a very large number continuing on to All-State auditions. Congratulations to our students and staff for their accomplishments!

Outstanding Choir Students Recognized

Two Groups of Outstanding Choir Students recognized at OPS Board of Education meeting November 15, 2012:

  • American Choral Directors' 2012 All-State Chorus (5th-8th grades) Presented by Alecia Meyer, OMS Choral director
    • Owensboro Middle School had 10 students selected for the 2012 KY American Choral Directors Association All-State Chorus. The students created audition tapes which were sent in to the Kentucky chapter of the American Choral Directors' Association. It is a huge honor to be selected as there are over 3000 students that audition each year and they only select 525 students. They traveled to Lexington November 1-3 to rehearse and perform. Those students are:

      5th Grade: Ellie Hayden, Emma Schertzinger, Nolia Williams
      6th Grade: Jackie Arnold, Katie Kellems, Nicholas Payne
      7th Grade: Bree Sommerville, Caleb Wiggins
      8th Grade: Abby North, Kendall Fitzgerald

  • High School Quad-State Honors Choir Presented by Tom Stites, OPS Director of Fine Arts
    • The Quad state honors choir is an auditioned choir of students from Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee. Close to 1000 singers 10-12 grades send in recorded auditions to be judged. This year 198 singers were chosen for the honors choir performance. Students traveled to Murray State University Nov. 4 and 5 for two days of rehearsal (over 12 hours total) and performed in a wonderful concert on Monday evening of the Shubert Mass in G. Congratulations to the following ten OHS students:
      Allison Bolin, Sarah Nell Hibbs, Oshea Hogg, Justin Hollingsworth, Richard Mathews, Abby Meyer, John Thomas Priar, Hadley Rouse, Isaac Settles, Madison Stuart.
      Richard Mathews was also chosen as a soloist for this performance!

What Happens When Kids Have the Arts

Studies demonstrate that participating in arts programs can help children read and write better, be more focused in class, raise test scores, develop higher self-esteem, and solve problems more creatively.

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Music Helps the Developing Brain!

An article in Scientific American that outlines the many Benefits of music instruction and training on the developing Brain.

Musically trained kids do better in school, with stronger reading skills, increased math abilities, and higher general intelligence scores. Music even seems to improve social development, as people believe music helps them be better team players and have higher self-esteem. "Based on what we already know about the ways that music helps shape the brain, the study suggests that short-term music lessons may enhance lifelong listening and learning,"

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7/16 - OHS Band Colorguard Camp 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/17 - OHS Band Percussion/Rookie Camp 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/18 - OHS Band Camp 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/21 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/22 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/23 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/24 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/25 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/26 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/28 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/29 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/30 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7/31 - OHS Marching Band Full Camp 8:00 am - 5:00 pm