This past Monday, PS 8’s middle school chorus went on a field trip. It wasn’t just any trip; it was a trip to Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan for a professional workshop with Pig Iron, a theatre group based in Philadelphia. Pig Iron has had productions all around the world. They’ve been in England, Scotland, Poland, Lithuania, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Romania and Germany. They were in New York to test out children’s choirs for their latest production. Our chorus not only performed songs from our repertoire to the people of Pig Iron, but we also worked with them on creating “sounds that are like music, but aren’t.” We played around with dynamics and tempo (volume and speed), we sang in groups and as an ensemble, and found in the end that not only had we experienced a wonderful experience, we had learned whole lot, as had the people of Pig Iron. Our chorus director, Mrs. Patricia Peltz, stated that she “was amazed by the workshop and unbelievably proud of our middle school chorus for their talent, behavior and professionalism.”
Thanks to Pig Iron for such a great opportunity and to Mrs. Peltz for making it happen!
By Zeynep Bromberg, Class 701
Photo credit to Patricia Peltz