Monthly Archives: June 2018

Farewell and Hello

Dear Choir Families,

We did it! This has been an amazing year for TPMS Choir. Thank you all for being a part of it!
Thank you for your lovely flowers, gifts, and notes. We look forward to enjoying some evenings out and catching up on what’s playing in the movie theaters. Yes, I did cry at the sweet notes from the kids. We will miss them very much, but we’ll be sure to come to the concerts to see them still singing!
Video from last week’s Spring Concert is available online. We emailed the link to all members. If you did not receive it, or have misplaced it, email us and we’ll resend it.
If you have any video or photos from any of the concerts, we would love to see them. We actually never “saw” the 6th Grade Spring Concert, so we would especially like video from that one.
While this is goodbye for us, the TPMS Choir program will continue in very good hands next year. Mrs. Ruth Wong will be taking the helm. Your students may know her from Science Olympiad and as a substitute teacher in the Poway school district, but here is some more about her:

Ruth Wong has sung in choirs ever since she can remember. She was trained at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY. She went on to earn a B.A. in Music at Wake Forest University in North Carolina where she studied voice and choral conducting and then to Westminster Choir College in New Jersey where she earned a Masters of Music and majored in church music with concentrations in voice and choral conducting. While at Westminster Choir College Mrs. Wong sang in the Westminster Symphonic Choir which performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony. She also sang with a smaller ensemble called the Westminster Singers. After graduate school, Mrs. Wong moved to California to marry her husband. She has worked as director of music for several churches since then and has worked with singers of all ages. Mrs. Wong has taught general music and choir at the elementary level in Long Beach, CA and in Las Cruces, NM. She also taught the singing portion of the musicals done by Starlight Children’s Theatre in Las Cruces which included students of ages 5-18. Mrs. Wong has a California multiple subject teaching credential with an authorization to teach vocal music K-12. She has been teaching part-time at Midland Elementary for the past three years as well as substitute teaching at Twin Peaks and Poway High. Mrs. Wong lives in Poway with her husband and four children who attend or have graduated from Twin Peaks and Poway High. She is in her second year of service on the Twin Peaks Foundation.

Volunteering to direct the choirs has been one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had. One of the biggest, most complicated, occasionally frustrating, and craziest experiences, true, but definitely rewarding. Tom Brokaw said, “It’s easy to make a buck; it’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” We hope that you will take a chance and volunteer for something new this year – help at the book fair, clean a park, coach a Science Olympiad project, chaperone a concert. Whatever it is, you will find the time you give makes more of a difference than you can imagine.

Thank you for letting us share our love of music with your children. We hope they continue to enjoy singing throughout their lives. We are fortunate to live in a city with music programs in our schools, several fabulous youth music programs, and even numerous Community Choirs for adults. The opportunities are out there, as a participant or just attending a concert, to keep music in your hearts.