A Teacher’s Reflection on Children’s Day, 2015
12:45pm - 1:15pm: Tour of the Organ
The students were mesmerized and amazed by the tour of the Davis Concert Organ. Our tour guide, Alyssa, was also an organist and talented educator. She explained all the intricate parts of the organ and showed the students how it works, while they stood close-up in the choir loft. Did you know there is a remote keyboard on wheels that rolls onto the stage and can control the organ from below by linked cables? Our jaws dropped when we heard there are 6551 pipes in the organ and that it was made possible by a 2 million dollar donation. Did you know it takes two professional tuners two full weeks to tune the organ? Students also loved the celeste demonstration and instantly recognized the Harry Potter theme that Alyssa skillfully played. It was fun to be on the Winspear stage and in the choir loft, as well as walk through the hallways and entrances that the many great performers use.
Alberta Orff Executive, this day was a treat. Thank you for your many volunteer hours that made this professional development opportunity possible. I enjoyed the change of venue and the weekday scheduling of the event, as well as the Winspear flavor blended with the Orff approach. See you in 2017!
It is such a relief for me to see a celebration that shows the importance of the children. They may be young in age but this must not be the reason for them to be ignored in this generation. A day for the children will surely give them hope and light in their lives. This is a symbol that shows that they are appreciated and they are loved by the people that surrounds them.
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