Cascade Middle School
350 students, five Bethel schools, and a continuing tradition in the district.
The Bethel Band Festival is an annual event bringing together all of Bethel’s middle and high school musicians under the direction of a guest conductor.
Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Director of Bands at the University of Oregon, was the guest clinician. He worked with each school band individually before bringing all the schools together for a massive performance.
The Willamette High School students showed off their skills, while the younger musicians heard for themselves what they could sound like with more experience.
250 students joined in one combined voice at the annual Bethel Choir Festival.
Under the direction of Dr. Melissa Brunkan from the University of Oregon, choirs from Irving, Shasta, Cascade, and Willamette had the opportunity to learn from a different perspective.
Brunkan has sung and conducted professionally with choirs, opera and theater companies all around the country, and she’s taught children from kindergarten through high school so her credibility earned some respect from students.
They worked on expression, harmonics, diction and simply communicating the joy of what they are singing.
One of the highlights of the Festival was the mass choir performance, which allowed all the students to express their joy together.
The Eugene Emeralds’ baseball season won’t begin until Vox Novus has sung.
The choir from Cascade Middle School has been invited to sing the National Anthem on the Ems’ opening night, June 15th.
Vox Novus – New Voices – was invited back after singing the anthem at an Ems game last season, following an audition. That was part of the Ems’ first championship season since 1975.
No audition was needed this time.
In fact, the students are also rehearsing Oh, Canada, the Canadian National Anthem, because the Ems will start the Northwest League season against the Vancouver Canadians.
Bethel 8th graders are already making plans for moving on to high school.
All the District’s 8th graders have been touring Willamette High School this week, guided around campus by current WHS Leadership students.
It’s been an eye-opening experience for the students who are the big kids back at their schools. They walked the campus, some sat in on classes, and learned about the multitude of course offerings that await them and how to sign-up for classes now.
Parents of 8th graders get their own introduction to Willamette on March 21st at 8th Grade Parent Night. It will be an opportunity to learn about the International Baccalaureate program, and the many clubs, activities, sports, and electives at Wil-Hi.
It’s all making the transition to high school much more real for everyone.