International Day of Peace Vocal Music Festival
Nearly 900 West Des Moines Community Schools’ (WDMCS) choir students in grades 7-12 came together for an outdoor vocal music festival and celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace.

Students rehearsed and performed songs from different cultures at the festival, including “¡No nos moverán! (We Shall Not Be Moved)” from the Justice Choir Songbook, “a powerful new collection of songs for the issues of our time.” The festival included group rehearsal and mentoring time based on the vocal music curriculum and standards.

Inspired by a desire to rebuild their choir community, all grade levels will perform in combined groups to build camaraderie and confidence, especially for students without in-person choir experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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