Bowditch Choir

Bowditch+Choir

Alice Han, Journalist/Editor

The Bowditch choir is an amazing way to make new friends and a “great way to build community” -Mr. Song. No matter if you sing high or low, there is always a spot for you in choir to “discover and develop your voice” -Mr. Song. 

Choir is a year-long elective with both seventh and eighth graders taught by Mr. Song in Room 41. In the room, there is a piano, lots of colorful music stands, instruments, sheet music, etc. 

Here is a little introduction about Mr. Song. Mr. Song has been teaching at Bowditch for seven years and including choir, he also teaches the sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade orchestra and the sixth-grade intro to chorus elective. Mr. Song has been doing choir since he was five years old and it “became [Mr. Song’s] only source of performing arts”. 

In choir, the choir obviously sings songs and learns lots of music. There are performances as well. If you get chosen, you could go to Disney to perform during spring break once a year. The choir learns a few songs at a time and practices them until it is perfected. Diya Gourineni, who is a part of the choir says “once we have mastered a piece, [the choir] [feels] a sense of accomplishment.”

Choir performs throughout the school year. In the fall, there were no performances due to the ongoing Covid pandemic. Though in winter, there were three performances. The first one was the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 8, 2021, in the Lagoon room in the Recreational Center. The second one was the Hillsdale Shopping Center performance on December 10, 2021. The last winter performance was the Foster City Lions Club performance in the Recreational Center on December 14, 2021. In spring, there was a big formal performance on March 22, 2022, in the school courtyard/ lunch area and the 6th Grade Strings, Concert Choir, 7th Grade String Orchestra, and 8th Grade Chamber Orchestra performed. After the performance, there was also lots of food and dessert for everyone. Also, during Open House on May 5, 2022, the choir and the 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade orchestra practiced in Room 41. It wasn’t a normal performance, but everyone ran through their songs for about 10 to 15 minutes. The last performance for the choir is on June 1, 2022. So far, the details about the performance haven’t been released yet, but we know that there will be small group performances, solos, duets, and trios, and it’s going to be the choir’s last performance together this year. 

I interviewed Mr. Song and a few people who do choir. Mr. Song says that “every day we rehearse, it’s never the same, so if we do a song from 6 years ago, it’s very different and special each time…it’s fun.”  When I interviewed Diya Gournineni, she said that she recommends choir because “it’s a great place to improve your singing capability, and make new friends, as well as having an awesome teacher.” Then I interviewed Riho Shintani, who is also a part of the Bowditch choir and she included that “choir has helped [her] strengthen [her] singing and vocal skills, and [she] learned many skills of singing that [she] could use.” Lastly, I interviewed Mina Hwang, and she says that joining choir has “helped [her] with discipline and teamwork!” 

After reading this article, hopefully, you will know more about the choir. The Bowditch Choir elective is very inclusive and a great way to learn more music, so if you enjoy singing, you should try this elective!

All information as of May 19, 2022 or earlier

Sources:

Mr. Song

Diya Gourineni

Mina Hwang

Riho Shintani