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CCAA Choral Clinic directed by Jazzmond Rucker

CCAA Choral Clinic directed by Jazzmond Rucker

October 23rd, 2013 in News

CCAA choir students give their attention to clinician Jazzmond Redmond during the CCAA Choral Concert Clinic at Jamestown.

Prairie Home

Nancy Lacy Kixmiller


The annual CCAA Choral Clinic was held Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Jamestown. Choir members from Bunceton, Jamestown, Higbee, Otterville, Pilot Grove and Prairie Home formed a mass choir under the direction of Jazzmond Rucker, Director of Vocal Arts at Battle High School in Columbia. After a day of rehearsal, the choir was ready to perform. The 7 p.m. concert opened with guest choir Sirens, the girls choir from Battle High School, presenting three selections that they will be performing on their upcoming fall concert. The second portion of the concert consisted of performances by several conference directors. Bunceton director Caitlin Bird presented "The Cat and Mouse", a piano solo by 20th Century American composer Aaron Copland. Soprano Leah Meyer, Prairie Home director, sang "Sure on This Shining Night" by Samuel Barber, accompanied by Bird. For the final presentation by the directors, Leah Meyer was joined onstage by flute player Gretta Lieser, Jamestown director, for the "Flower Duet from Lakme" by Leo Delibes. Brenda Scheperle, director emeritus from Jamestown, provided the piano accompaniment.

The CCAA Combined Mixed Chorus took the stage for the last half of the concert. They performed "Siyahamba", a South African Hymn; "Zum Gali Gali", an Israeli folk song arranged by Missouri native Greg Gilpin; "Gloria Canon" by Franz Joseph Haydn, arranged by Donald Moore; "The Hands of Winter" by Mark Hayes and John Parker; and Kirby Shaw's arrangement of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Paul Simon. The Women's Chorus presented "Sing To Me" with music by Andrea Ramsey and poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. The Men's Chorus sang "Cover Me With the Night" also composed by Andrea Ramsey who is a friend of Rucker. The choirs were accompanied by Anthony Hernandez, Columbia. Additional CCAA directors are Rhonda Deskin, Higbee; Mike Moellman, Otterville; and Tyler Edwards, Pilot Grove.

Prairie Home students who participated in the Choral Clinic were: sopranos - Kimberly Hettinger, Alex Porter, Nina Cherry, Cecelia Wright, Hannah Wood, Ruthy Daniel, Rachel Distler and Danielle Paulson; altos - Shelby Salzman, Amber Lawrence, Brandi Bell, Brooke Emmerich, Brianna Morris, Josey Wright, Jameshia Johnson, and Jessie Kennedy; tenors - Sam Distler, Clinton Campbell, and Ben Kixmiller; basses - Kody Utterback and Rayce Kendrick.

Members of the United Methodist Youth attended the annual Festival of Sharing at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia on Saturday. Those attending were Ben Kixmiller, Matt Stewart, Ryan Small, Luke Stewart, and Tim Stewart and parents Seth Stewart and Nancy Kixmiller. They unloaded some vehicles, attended worship and helped sort seed packets. They also delivered the Prairie Home United Methodist Church's contributions: 10 paper packs, seven personal hygiene packs, six youth personal care packs, one blanket, 12 seed packets and cash donations for a total value of over $700. For more information, see

The Clover Kids went to Eschenbrenner Pumpkin Patch on Saturday. It was a beautiful day for playing in the pumpkin patch, digging in corn, finding a way through the corn maze and having a picnic lunch.

Let the Lions Club cook for you on Sunday! They are having the annual smoked turkey and fried chicken dinner on Oct. 27.

The school year is flying by and first quarter has ended. There will also be a 12:45 dismissal Thursday, Oct. 24, for the annual fall Parent/Teacher Conferences. The conferences are scheduled for 2- 7 p.m. with a dinner break at 5 p.m. There will be no school on Friday, Oct. 25.

The United Methodist Motorcycle Enthusiasts (UMME) will resume their regular monthly meetings on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3:30 p.m., in the PHUMC basement. Meetings are open to all ages and you don't even have to be a biker (or United Methodist) to participate. Meetings include a time of devotion and study and a time for planning rides and service events.

There is a running club forming at the school for students in grades fifth - 12. They will meet every Wednesday from 3:15 - 4:15 beginning Oct. 23 and ending Nov. 20. The students will be walked by an adult to the track by the baseball field. It will be a great way to get ready for the Turkey Trot! Permission slips/waivers went home in the school newsletter last Friday. Parent volunteers are also welcome! For more information, contact the school at 660/841-5296.

Jerry and Glenda Sells have returned from an eight day vacation to Hawaii. They were joined by their son Gregory Sells of San Jose, Calif. The three of them spent the week on Maui and had a wonderful time.

Community Calendar

Oct. 23 - Junior High Basketball at Pilot Grove 6 p.m.

Oct. 24 - Early dismissal/Parent/Teacher Conferences 2 - 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 - No school.

Oct. 27 - Lions Club Turkey and Fried Chicken Dinner 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Prairie Home School.

Oct. 28 - Junior High Basketball at Jamestown 6 p.m., United Methodist Women at 7 p.m. at PHUMC.

Oct. 31 - Kindergarten - fifth grade Halloween parties at 2:30.

Nov. 1 - Junior High Basketball vs. Otterville at 6 p.m.

Nov. 3 - United Methodist Motorcycle Enthusisasts (UMME) at 3:30 in PHUMC basement.

Nov. 4 - Junior High Basketball vs. Jamestown at 6 p.m.

Nov. 5 - Junior High Basketball at Bunceton at 6 p.m.

Nov. 7 - Junior High Basketball vs. Pilot Grove at 6 p.m.

Nov. 8 - Junior High Basketball at Malta Bend at 6 p.m.

Nov. 9 - California Math Contest.

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Assembly in the PHS gym at 2 p.m., 4-H at 7 p.m.

Nov. 27 - 2nd Annual Turkey Trot 5k run/walk at 7:30 a.m.

School Menu Oct. 23 - 30:

Oct. 23 - breakfast pizza, fresh fruit.

Oct. 24 - whole grain biscuit, sausage gravy, fruit.

Oct. 25 - no school.

Oct. 28 - mini pancakes, fruit.

Oct. 29 - ham and egg biscuit, fresh fruit.

Oct. 30 - blueberry waffles, fresh fruit.


Oct. 23 - fish wedge, whole wheat bun, french fries, baby carrots, fruit.

Oct. 24- chicken stir fry, brown rice, broccoli, fruit, whole wheat chocolate cake.

Oct. 25- no school.

Oct. 28- chicken alfredo, whole wheat breadstick, broccoli, fruit.

Oct. 29- sloppy joe, whole wheat bun, sweet potato fries, corn, fruit.

Oct. 30- chicken wrap, black beans, seasoned rice, fruit.