Music moves me. When working at my desk, I enjoy listening to Canon in D, Life and Death, and Requiem for a Dream. These melodies I find strangely both soothing and invigorating. Recently my entire family enjoyed the talented Piano Guys performing at the Adler Theater. Later this month Augustana's Centennial Hall hosts two concerts that I am eagerly anticipating - the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Winter Fun featuring Rivermont parent Marian Lee and Handel Oratorio Society's rendition of A Christmas Messiah (including, but not necessarily featuring, Rivermont teacher Mme. Fee).
At Rivermont we believe in educating the whole child, and that includes a music education. Last week, we were treated to the outstanding Lower School musical performance during Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day. Pumpkin Polka made me laugh. A Song for Grandparents' Day made me cry. The combined Middle School and Upper School choir made me yearn for Home, and we were treated to the debut performance of the Rivermont Collegiate School Song, composed by our very own choir director, Joel Kimberly.
Next Thursday night the music continues. Rivermont's band, choir, and strings ensemble will all perform during the Winter Concert. Our Middle and Upper School students have the exciting new opportunity to take lessons during the school day from Quad City Symphony Orchestra musicians. In a time when many schools are cutting music programs, Rivermont's commitment to nurturing the whole child remains steadfast because music is fundamental to what it means to be human.