April 4, 2019
Fourth graders sing at regional music event
Three Upper St. Clair elementary students recently participated in the third annual Singing Saturday, a program of the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus. Streams Elementary fourth graders Beckett Cummins, Ryan Katukota and Jack Tencer attended the day-long event on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at North Hills Middle School.
The Streams students were accompanied by their music teacher, Mr. Steven Cosnek.
“These three boys spent four Tuesdays in the month of March preparing for the day-long singing event,” Mr. Cosnek said. “Their preparations served them well, because Ms. Angela Evans, the concert director, pushed these young singers to their greatest potential and rehearsed them for nearly four hours.”
More than 140 fourth and fifth graders from throughout the region performed seven multi-part choral pieces.
“In the end, the crowd at the concert could not stop applauding the beautiful singing that resounded through the auditorium,” Mr. Cosnek added.
The concert wrapped up with the recent musical hit “A Million Dreams” from the movie, “The Greatest Showman.” Watch the choir’s performance of "A Million Dreams.”
“Pittsburgh Youth Chorus team was so well organized and the boys got to experience a more serious and sophisticated chorus program,” Yesha Katukota, Ryan’s mom, said. “It was a long day but the kids pushed through and I think they did really well.”
In addition to the three Streams students, Eisenhower Elementary music teacher Kerry Strauch presented a workshop for participating music teachers entitled, “Kodály in the Elementary Music Classroom: Connecting Sound to Sight and Sight to Sound.”