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Choctaw High School choir director says music education has far-reaching effects

Choctaw High School choir director Bonnie Sneed is using her passion for music and teaching to inspire students.
BY VALLERY BROWN vbrown@opubco.com Published: September 23, 2012

/articleid/3712129/1/pictures/1838620">Photo - Bonnie Sneed, director of choirs at Choctaw High School,  rehearses with members of one of her choral groups.     Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman <strong>Jim Beckel - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>
Bonnie Sneed, director of choirs at Choctaw High School, rehearses with members of one of her choral groups. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Jim Beckel - THE OKLAHOMAN

For this reason, Sneed applied for and recently was awarded a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council to perform Antonio Vivaldi's well-known Baroque piece “Gloria,” with professional violin, viola, cello, trumpet, oboe and harpsichord players to accompany the choir.

All of the choir students at the high school will sing during the 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 performance in the Performing Arts Center at Choctaw High School.

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools Superintendent Jim McCharen said there is a strong correlation between the fine arts and students who are critical thinkers.

“Music is vitally important for a lot of our students,” he said. “It's their passion and their artistic outlet.”

McCharen said vocal music programs start in the elementary schools in the district and go through high school. He said Sneed is working on a districtwide program for all of the schools to further music education in the schools.

“It's not just vocal music. It's way more in-depth than that,” he said.


To donate

Keyboards donated to the Choctaw High School choir program should have 44 keys and be in usable, working condition. For more information about the program or how to donate, email bsneed@cnpschools.org.

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