Combined Ozark Elementary Choir to Perform at State Conference

Two elementary schools from the Ozark school district are sending their choirs to perform at a prestigious state educators conference.

The two choirs, however, will be sharing the same time slot: they’ll be combined to become the “Tiger Tones.”

“I love it when we have been working with the two groups separately and then we combine. I love watching the students’ faces when they first hear the two parts together,” Ozark North Elementary music teacher Angie Harmon said in a statement. “It doesn’t always go well on our first try, but the students really love the challenge of perfecting our harmony.”

The Tiger Tones are the combined choirs of Ozark North and Ozark South Elementary. The choir is made up of 70 fourth and fifth grade students who audition and must commit to weekly after-school practices.

“Our first year exceeded our expectations. The kids really impressed us with their ability to sing challenging music,” Harmon said. “The students are able to divide into two groups — one with me and one with Lauren (Wilkins, choir director at Ozark South.) Being able to divide like this is extremely helpful. Also, having someone to collaborate and lead with has helped the whole process.”

The Tiger Tones were one of three elementary choirs in the state to be selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in Osage Beach.

The choir will also be performing for the public at a joint concert with the Nixa Inman Intermediate Sixth Grade Select choir on January 17 at South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield. The 6 p.m. concert will feature the sets both choirs will be performing at the state conference.

(Headline photo taken by Crissy Kappadel of Simply Treasured Photos; provided by the Ozark School District.)

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