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Oct 14


Below are songs for 3rd and 4th grade choir members to rehearse for the Halloween Show, Saturday, October 26 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at Barton Hills Elementary.

How to download mp3 files from this web site.


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Dec 03

On Sunday evening, December 2, a record crowd gathered in Zilker Park for the annual lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree. Since the founding of the Barton Hills Choir in 2009 they have been a featured performer for this event, and this year no one needed a coat since the temperature was nearly 80 degrees.

If you couldn’t be there (or just want to relive the fun) here are recordings of the songs from the event made by Michael Hall:

Sleigh Ride Sleigh Ride

Winter Wonderland Winter Wonderland

Jingle Bell Rock Jingle Bell Rock

Aaron Dembe – guitar
Jason Brint – bass
Randy Franklin – mandolin
Jake Perlman – snare drum
Tom Treanor – percussion
Barton Hills Choir 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade members – vocals


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Nov 29

Below are seven songs from the Nutcracker Suite for 4th graders to practice for their upcoming performance.

Arabian bounceArabian bounce

Candy bounceCandy bounce

Chinese bounceChinese bounce

March bounceMarch bounce

Russian bounceRussian bounce

Sugar Plum FairiesSugar Plum Fairies

Waltz bounceWaltz bounce

Fun facts:

  • The Nutcracker ballet with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18th, 1892. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”
  • The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is famous for it’s use of an instrument called the celesta that appears similar to an upright piano but sounds similar to a glockenspiel. Composer John Williams’ scores for the first three Harry Potter films make prominent use of the celesta.

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Oct 11

Here are two fun songs for practice. Octopus’s Garden features Director Gavin Tabone on keyboards, Jake Perlman on drums, and Never Smile at a Crocodile is performed by Aaron Dembe on the electric guitar and Gavin Tabone on keyboards. Vocals for both songs are performed by the sixth grade choir.

Octopus’s GardenOctopus’s Garden

Never Smile at a CrocodileNever Smile at a Crocodile

Fun facts:

  • Octopus’s Garden, from the Beatles’ Abbey Road LP, was composed by drummer Ringo Starr. He was inspired to write it after being told by a boat captain “how octopuses go ’round the sea bed and pick up stones and shiny objects and build gardens.” It was only the second song he had ever written. You can see Ringo and George Harrison working on the song in the movie Let It Be.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile is from Disney’s animated Peter Pan movie, released in 1953. The music was composed by Frank Churchill, the composer of the score for Snow White, who died in 1942.  Walt Disney asked Jack Lawrence to write lyrics to the clever melodic piece.



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