TAHLEQUAH–On Saturday, the Wister High School choir, which has been under the direction of Bill King for the last two years, participated in the District Solo and Ensemble Competition at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
All the members of the choir earned a Superior rating qualifying them for the State Solo and Ensemble competition to be held at Oklahoma Baptist University in April.
Tuesday, the entire choir participated in the District Choir Competition at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. The choir, which had no prior music experience before King arrived at the school, has qualified for State having received a Superior rating for their songs and earned a trip to the State Choir Competition also at OBU in April.
Here is a link to a video of the choir performing Something Told the Wild Geese at the District Choir Competition Tuesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKYB_EL-Zg4
The Wister School Board and superintendent Jerry Carpenter believed in the importance of having a music program and brought King to Wister, which has allowed these students to be in this program.
Research shows schools with excellent music programs show better results on standardized tests in math and English.
According to a press release from Kansas University, Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy and associate dean of the School of Fine Arts at KU, found jumps of 22 percent in English test scores and 20 percent in math scores at elementary schools with superior music education.