Eisenhower Elementary hosts a choir festival

Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids, hosted a choir festival March 8 that filled the gymnasium to overflowing.

The gymnasium at Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids, was filled to overflowing March 8 when the Eisenhower choir hosted two other school choral groups - Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Anoka and Ramsey School for the Arts in Minneapolis - at a choir festival. Cathy Yseth, Eisenhower choir director, conducted the combined choir, which numbered some 140 students.

The gymnasium at Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids, was filled to overflowing March 8 when the Eisenhower choir hosted two other school choral groups - Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Anoka and Ramsey School for the Arts in Minneapolis - at a choir festival. Cathy Yseth, Eisenhower choir director, conducted the combined choir, which numbered some 140 students.

It was not just the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders that comprise the Eisenhower choir that were taking part in the event, there were students from two other schools, too.

Students from Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Anoka and Ramsey School for the Arts in Minneapolis were also part of the festival.

According to Eisenhower Choir Director Cathy Yseth, there were 140 students from all three schools singing at the festival, of whom 84 were from Eisenhower.

Indeed, Eisenhower was the third and final stop on a choir festival tour that day.

The day started with a choir festival at the Ramsey school in Minneapolis, then the choirs moved to Lincoln for another concert before finishing the school day with the festival at Eisenhower, Yseth said.

“Everyone got on very well,” she said.

This is not the first year that Eisenhower has been involved in a day-long choir festival with other schools, Yseth said.

It is a tradition she started 12 years ago, Yseth said.

However, the partnership Eisenhower has established with the Ramsey and Lincoln schools for the arts has been in place the past two years, she said.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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