March 12

Batavia Elementary Choral Festival

March 12, 2022

Guest Clinician:

Peter Barsch

Elementary Chorus Directors:

Laura Bankemper
Katie Carlson
Mary Jensen
Justin Knautz
Jamie VanMersbergen
Walt Zimmer

Festival Accompanist:

Melinda Rudy

The Festival Chorus

 

Songs will be selected from the following list:

Star Spangled Banner………….………… Music attributed to J.S. Smith, Words by Francis Scott Key 

Duct Tape…..………………………………. Words and Music by Mark Burrows

Triple Play………………………………….. by John Jacobson and John Higgins

Take Me Out to the Ball Game ……………. by Jack Norworth 

For Good…………………………………… Words and Music by Stephen Schwartz Arranged by Tom Anderson

Star Canon………………..………………. Words from Firefly by Li Po Music by Mary Goetze

Zangelewa (Waka Waka)……………….. Traditional Cameroon arranged by Will Schmid

Peter Barsch

Peter Barsch

Guest Clinician

Peter Barsch teaches all curricular and co-curricular choirs at Batavia High School. He is proud of everything the students have accomplished, and loves working with this team of directors! Thanks are always owed to Mrs. Barsch and his family for putting up with this crazy schedule.

Mr. Barsch holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Music Education from Northern Illinois University and two Bachelor’s Degrees from the Honors Program at Loyola University Chicago.

Before coming to BHS in 2015, Mr. Barsch spent eleven years as the choir director at Oswego East High School since its founding in 2004. He was a Quarter-Finalist for the inaugural Grammy “Music Educator of the Year” Award in 2014, and has been listed in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers”.

Mr. Barsch and his wife Annie live in Batavia with their three children. An avid reader, he loves history, historical fiction, and sci-fi/fantasy. He maintains a busy performing schedule, often singing and recording with groups like Cor Cantiamo, the Canturbury Singers, or the choirs at Gary United Methodist Church and Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He also regularly leads contemporary worship with voice, bass, or piano at Community Christian Church’s Yellow Box campus in Naperville.