Yesterday morning I joined my students along with all the 4th and 5th graders at Kendall-Whittier Elementary on a field trip. To Tulsa’s PAC. All TPS’s 4th graders were also present. They filled the PAC. That in itself was an impressive feat since it seats some 2365.
Thanks to the Carnegie Hall Link Up Program which has allowed over 400,000 students this past year to participate in this program. And has been doing so for some 30 years.
The Orchestra Sings.
Every student there participated from their seats singing and dancing and playing their recorders.
As they were accompanied by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
We were seated in the very front row. I can’t tell you how touching it was to look behind me and see every student holding their recorder playing the same notes at the same time all in one accord. In a day when school shootings are still fresh in the hearts and minds of many. In a day when teachers pay or lack of, I should say, weighs heavy on many a heart and mind.
Not yesterday! Yesterday was about total engagement. In the universal language. The language of Music. Instruments.
Let’s all lift our voices in one accord. In praise of our God. Someday we will. All of us. Not just TPS’s 4th graders. But all mankind. Singing in the language of our father. There will no longer be any language barriers. The heavenly instruments will lead us in chorus rather than Tulsa’s Symphony Orchestra. What a sight and sound that will be! I can only imagine!
Thank you Carnegie Hall. Thank you TPS. Thank you to the sponsors. Thank you to our students for being so well engaged and mannerly. But most of all, thank you to our Lord, for being worthy of our songs of joy, and giving us the gift of music.
It was a wonderful program! And I can’t recall ever having such a wonderful time riding on a big yellow school bus!
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1
Love and laughter,