JAMESTOWN – JHS A Cappella Choir has started practices for the new year. Beginning last January, the A Cappella Choir started using second-generation iPads that no longer meet today’s classroom requirements but can still load music notation software.
Both A Cappella and Mixed Choir are using iPads this year. Students can annotate their music on the iPad, which means they can use their finger or a stylus to highlight and/or add musical elements as they prepare a piece of music.
“We still maintain a library of hard copies for all of our chorus repertoire, but with iPads we don’t need to sharpen pencils, distribute highlighters, use music folders or recover lost music,” said A Cappella Director Norm Lydell. “The greatest advantage is that students can access their music on their own devices through Google Drive allowing them to practice anywhere.”
The Jamestown High School A Cappella Choir is the school’s premiere vocal ensemble and has performed nationally and internationally, as well as entertaining our local area including at their annual Vespers Concert in December. The choir was founded in 1924 by Miss Ebba Goranson and is celebrating its 94th anniversary this year. Along with the A Cappella Choir, Jamestown High School has a Mixed Chorus, Madrigal Singers, Men of Tomorrow and Women of Today vocal ensembles.