Anna's Bay is known for it's choir. Traveling from a small town in Washington to perform Handel's Messiah at Lincoln Center in New York would do that. Did you know that there is MORE to Anna's Bay Center for Music than just the chorale?
One of the programs Anna's Bay coordinates is our Visiting Artist series. Anna's Bay partners with professional musicians and local music teachers to have world class musicians from all over the globe come into music classrooms in Mason County.
Today, I got to spend the day with Dr Tim Smith, as he went into Shelton High School and Pioneer School to work with their choirs. It was a fun and informative day. Dr Smith worked on breathing and support techniques, Ensemble singing basics, and used a song to teach concepts that the students liked so much, the choir decided to use it as part of their fall repertoire.
I am so grateful to Encore Grants and the Shelton Rotary Club for providing grant monies to make this program a reality for music students in mason county. To have world class musicians come to Mason county and work with our music students is a rare opportunity. It still amazes me that Anna's Bay Center for Music, through generous grants from the Shelton Rotary Club, Encore Arts, and private donors, are able to bring this world class musician into our public schools.
For those not acquainted with Dr Smith, he travels the world (literally...he's been to 23 countries now, and next week will be in India) teaching music. He is a professional cellist as well as an accomplished pianist and guitarist. His love for working with musicians naturally integrates with his skills as a choral and orchestral director, songwriter, arranger, teacher, college professor, and worship leader. Anna's Bay Center for Music, through generous grants from the Shelton Rotary Club, Encore Arts, and private donors, were able to bring this world class musician into our public schools.
Oh....but wait....there's more!
Dr Tim Smith is the first of three internationally acclaimed musicians that will be coming to Mason County to work with music students this school year. For more info on the other musicians, check out the webpage for more info on the Visiting Artist's program and see who is coming into Mason County Schools. http://www.annasbaychorale.org/guest-artists