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Springfield Middle School chorus teacher Aaron Edmundson is leading students through the holiday melodies they will perform in the Holiday Concert at the governor’s mansion.
“Good job, good job,” Edmondson tells the group, whose version of “Toyland” needs a little polishing.
“You know we are getting ready to run through that again,” Edmondson says.
When the group of eighth-graders does a better job the second go around, Edmondson compliments them.
“You actually did it,” Edmondson said. “That was better this time. Kudos to you.”
This is Edmondson’s second year leading the school’s 230 choral students.
About 70 of the best seventh- and eighth-grade singers will go to the concert at the N.C. Executive Mansion.
“We are blessed because this is our first year going,” said Edmondson, who is a 2011 graduate of Hunt High School and attended Springfield Middle School as a student.
“Ever since I was a student here at Springfield, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, so before I was promoted from the eighth grade, I had a group of teachers come up to me and say, ‘Hey Aaron, you should really consider being a teacher,’” Edmundson said. “So to be able to come back here and live out that purpose is just incredible.”
Eighth-grade student Calvin Deans said it is a great opportunity to go to the governor’s mansion.
“We can show them what we have and what we can do,” Calvin said.
Calvin said the group has worked hard and sounds like one unit.
“It sounds like an all-star chorus,” Calvin said.
Student Sylisa Artis agreed.
“I think it’s going to be enjoyable, and we are going to have a lot of fun together and learn to trust each other more,” Sylisa said. “When we come together and we sing together, it sounds together and we are better as a team. It’s like you won a gold medal at the Olympics. It is amazing and riveting.”
Eighth-grader Mackenzie Landers said the chorus is an opportunity to be with friends and accomplish good things as a team.
“We build a lot of friendships. When we sing together as a group, we just all come together as a group,” Landers said. “We are a lot better than we were at the beginning of the year. When I look back at the way we were when we started, we have come a really long journey and it is just amazing to see how far we have come and we are a family.”
Edmondson said the group is coming along well.
“They listen and they pay attention, and I think that is critical for middle school teachers,” Edmundson said. “There are a lot of teachers that struggle with that middle school chorus sound, but we are truly blessed here at Springfield Middle School.”
Choruses from all over the state come to perform at the event on Friday, Dec. 7.
Springfield Middle students will have their time in the spotlight at 10 a.m.
For anyone who wants to attend, the concert is free and open to the public.
The concert is part of the N.C. Executive Mansion Holiday Open House from Dec. 6-9.
The Executive Mansion is at 200 Blount St. in downtown Raleigh.