Celebrating Music In Our Schools Month

Celebrating Music In Our Schools Month
Posted on 03/30/2023

During the month of March, we join the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in recognizing Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children and the benefits of high-quality music education programs in our schools.

At Tahoma, we are so proud of our remarkable music educators and our incredible student musicians. In honor of MIOSM, let’s take a look at some of the exciting things happening in a few of our music programs!

Tahoma High School Drama Club Selected for Washington Premiere of "Frozen: The Musical"

Earlier in the school year, the Tahoma High School Drama Club was selected as the ONLY school in Washington state granted the rights to perform the official version of “Frozen: The Musical,” premiering in January 2024. 

Frozen: The Musical, premiering Jan. 2024Drama club action shot

The United States of Frozen “Love Is an Open Door” national competition selected just one school from each U.S. state and territory to be given exclusive performance rights. Congratulations to the Tahoma High School Drama Club on earning this incredible opportunity!

The Drama Club was featured in a national music video produced by Disney. Check out the video here (Tahoma can be seen at the 1:47 mark):

Middle School Choirs Receive Superior Ratings at Regional Festival

Both the Maple View Middle School (MVMS) and Summit Trail Middle School (STMS) Advanced Choirs performed at the Green River Music Educators Association (GRMEA) Middle School Choir Festival in March, where both choirs sang for a panel of judges, as well as an audience of other middle schoolers in our region.

MVMS Advanced Choir      STMS Advanced Choir

Maple View Middle School's Advanced Choir received a Superior rating for their performance, which is the highest score possible at the choir festival. The performance featured three songs in a variety of languages and styles, one of which included a solo by 8th grade student Anna Nishizawa.

The STMS Advanced Choir also received a Superior rating at the festival. Student Anthien V. performed a violin solo for a Celtic piece, and student Ana C. had a vocal solo at the beginning of the spiritual, “Nobody Turn Me Around.”

Congratulations to all the students in the Maple View Advanced Choir and the Summit Trail Advanced Choir for their outstanding musicianship and dedication to singing!

Tahoma High School Jazz Band Performs at Expedia HQ

This month, the Tahoma High School Jazz Band was invited to perform at Expedia Headquarters in Seattle! They provided entertainment for Expedia Group employees at a special kick-off event for a diversity support program.

THS Band at Expedia HQ

The event was a Spanish/Carnival theme, and the Tahoma Jazz Band delivered. See for yourself:

Two Maple View MS Students Selected for All-State Orchestra

Congratulations to Maple View Middle School 8th grade orchestra students, Gwen Kopf and Jeanette Zhao! These two incredible musicians were selected for the Washington State Jr. All State Orchestra, which took place over Presidents Day weekend. Over 500 students from around the state auditioned for the orchestra, and only 6 bassists were selected. 

Congratulations, Gwen and Jeanette! Way to represent Tahoma!

All state students

Tahoma High School Concert Band & Orchestra Perform at Disneyland

Over Mid-Winter Break, 162 students from Tahoma High School's band and orchestra traveled to Southern California for a 4-day trip, where they performed 2 concerts with Disney special effects and recorded 6 different movie soundtrack clips!

Opportunities like this trip expose students to real-world careers in the arts, and provide students with memories that will last a lifetime. Check out this quick snippet from their performance:



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