Oct 11

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Senior editor Jason Cohen wrote a great feature about the Barton Hills Choir for Texas Monthly that’s currently headlining on their web site. Cohen has also written for Rolling Stone and co-authored SXSW Scrapbook.

The article profiles the choir and includes pictures by Chan Geltemeyer from their recent Austin City Limits Music Festival performance. Cohen also refers to our school Principal Kati Achtermann as “the hardest working roadie at the 2013 ACL Festival” while shepherding 55 students from bus to stage, and describes Choir Director  Gavin Tabone as “both movie-star dashing and band-camp dorky—as well as super-passionate and serious.” Don’t miss it!

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Sep 20


The Barton Hills Choir performed at a special “Fuel Up To Play 60” celebration at the school on September 14. Sixth graders performed “This Land Is Your Land” while second, third, and fourth graders led the audience in accompanying moves. Photos above were taken by Mark Matson.

The event was attended by AISD School Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Representative Mark Strama, and additional dignitaries representing Texas dairy farmers, the USDA, and the University of Texas School of Public Health. Former NFL players Mike Rosenthal (Minnesota Vikings) and Dan Neil (Denver Broncos) also enjoyed the activities.

The event celebrated all schools in the “Fuel Up to Play 60” Active Play Project which addresses five of the eight Coordinated School Health requirements. Permanent playground stencils were painted on all 80 school campuses to encourage physical activity, nutrition education and curriculum integration. Dairy MAX awarded 80 Austin Independent School District Elementary Schools $4,000 each for a total of $320,000 for a district-wide implementation.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council, Dairy MAX and the National Football League in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture.

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Sep 07

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The Barton Hills Choir invites you to their 2012 Sock Hop Show, Thursday, September 27, in the school cafeteria. 5th and 6th grade choir members will be performing your favorite songs from the 50’s, including hits like:

  • Yakety Yak
  • Big Girls Don’t Cry
  • Donna/Earth Angel
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • and more!

The show is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to wear sock hop attire (children must be accompanied by an adult) so mark your calendar, call your family and friends, and get your poodle skirt and saddle shoes ready for a swinging evening with the Barton Hills Choir At the Hop!

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Nov 14

Mark your calendars for a very special event that’s just a few weeks away: the lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree. An annual tradition in Austin since 1965, the Barton Hills Choir has performed at the event each year since their inception in 2009.

The show is scheduled to start at 6 PM but come early to get a seat up close to see the Barton Hills Choir perform holiday favorites, including:

Jingle Bell Rock

Sleigh Ride

Winter Wonderland

Parking is free, but bring funds for hot chocolate, kettle corn, and other goodies that will be available.  It’s a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit and is sure to be a night to remember.

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