Alison Geesey Lagan
Music Educator & Choral Conductor

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MSU Community Music School

Designed for children through adolescents, the Children and Youth Choir program helps students develop their singing voices as they grow. Utilizing teaching styles effective for each of the specific choirs, students will be challenged and engaged at each weekly rehearsal and also have the opportunity to learn through unique and enriching performance experiences. All singers participate in an informal audition to be placed within each ensemble.

Description of Choirs

  • Cantabile: grades 1-4; introductory treble music; this group creates foundations for choral ensemble singing; this group falls under Mrs. Lagan's administrative duties but is taught by a separate educator
  • CMS Singers: grades 3-6; 2-pt and 3-pt treble music; this group prepares singers for higher level choral singing
  • MSU Children's Choir: grades 5-9; SA, SSA, and SSAA advanced treble music; this group performs frequently through community and professional concert events
  • Youth Chorale Tenors/Basses: grades 7-12; TB, TTBB music; this group consists of changed voices and performs both alone and with the Youth Chorale Sopranos/Altos
  • Youth Chorale Sopranos/Altos: grades 9-12; SA, SSAA music; this group performs both alone and with the Youth Chorale Tenors/Basses, performing frequently through community and professional concert events

Highlighted CMS Choirs Repertoire

CMS Singers

  • Sarasponda - arr. Ruth Boshkoff
  • Dream Keeper - Rollo Dilworth
  • Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel - arr. Roger Emerson

MSU Children's Choir

  • Camino, Caminante - Stephen Hatfield
  • Noel des Enfants - Claude Debussy
  • Psalm 150 - Benjamin Britten
  • Laudamus te (from Gloria) - Antonio Vivaldi
  • Esurientes & Et exultavit (from Magnificat) - Vivaldi
  • Hold Fast to Dreams - Susan LaBarr
  • Misa Pequena - Francisco Nunez

Youth Chorale

  • They May Tell You - Andrea Ramsey (SSAA)
  • Ave Verum - Gabriel Faure (SA)
  • Three Madrigals - Emma Lou Diemer (SATB)
  • I Got A Home In-a Dat Rock - Stacey Gibbs (SATB)
  • Jambo - arr. Jacob Naverud (SATB)
  • Medieval Gloria - Vijay Singh (TTBB)
  • Mad - Timothy Takach (TTBB)

Combined Choirs
  • Sing - Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • How Can I Keep From Singing - Rollo Dilworth