Bullis Charter students hit a high note

Bullis Charter School students sing at the Winter Choral Concert at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto.

Bullis Charter School students in grades K-8 and across five different choir ensembles performed at various concerts and festivals over the holiday season.

The fourth- and fifth-grade advanced choir, Sonore, performed John Williams’ “Somewhere in My Memory” at the downtown Los Altos Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 1. The following week, 270 students from the school’s elective choirs sang at the Winter Choral Concert at  First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto. In addition to Sonore, Treble Voices (first- through third-graders), G Clef (fourth- and fifth-graders), Cambiata (sixth- through eighth-graders) and Melodia (the sixth- through eighth-grade advanced choir) performed a variety of winter choral music with the theme “What Sweeter Music.”

Students in grades K-8 also joined teachers and parents in a holiday sing-along. Choir director David Belles said students have the opportunity to have a real choir experience throughout their entire time at the Bullis Charter School, studying high-quality choral repertoire, receiving authentic vocal instruction and participating in many different types of choral performances.

“Participating successfully in these activities, some of which may be outside their comfort zone, allows our students to stretch themselves in new and unique ways that might otherwise remain outside their experience,” he said.

Bullis Charter School (BCS) is a free public charter school authorized by the Santa Clara County Board of Education (SCCBOE) and subject to the fiscal and programmatic oversight of the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE).