2011 St. Joseph/Savannah Verses and Voices Festival
October 17 & 18, 2011
Choir Director Information
Festival Concert, 7:30 p.m., October 18
Each area high school choir will present two songs at the Festival Concert. The first song presents a poem by a Missouri poet. The second song will be by the composer/clinician, Mary Lynn Lightfoot. Ms. Lightfoot will conduct all of her songs in the concert except the closing song.
Combined Choir Rehearsal: The closing song that combines all the participating choirs will be Festival Alleluia by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. Dr. David Benz will conduct the combined choir. The rehearsal of the combined song will be at 6:30 p.m. on October 18. Arrive in concert attire by 6:15 p.m.
Each choir will rehearse with Mary Lynn Lightfoot. Those rehearsal times will be arranged with each director. Directors will receive detailed instructions for procedures and homeroom and seating assignments before concert.
Concert Ticket Sales Fundraiser: October 3 - 12
Art Teacher Information
Art students visually interpret poems for the Verses and Voices Festival. Through these visual poetic interpretations students learn to see, shape, and share the colors and images of creative words.
Our special guest for the Festival is Missouri Poet Laureate, David Clewell. Two of David’s poetry books were placed in each middle and high school last year; Now We’re Getting Somewhere and The Low End of Higher Things.
Artwork may be submitted in two categories. Follow Interpretive Art Guidelines (see below).
Category 1: Art students may pick any of David Clewell’s poems for visual interpretation.
Category 2: Art students may also interpret the poem The Dream Ship by St. Joseph’s poet, Eugene Field. This poem is being set to music for choir and will be premiered at the Governor’s Festival Concert in March 2012. Artwork of The Dream Ship will be featured at the Governor’s concert.
Individual School Art Displays: Each school will display their own student’s Festival Artwork from October 10 14. The art teacher will select a committee of their choosing to select and name the award recipients. Send the award recipient names to Mary Ann Haenni by October 14 for certificates to be printed and signed. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Festival Awards: Each school may award three awards for vision and creativity for the interpretive artwork in both Category 1 and Category 2; the First Lady’s Award, the Superintendent’s Award, and the Principal’s Award. Each school may also select up to six Honorable Mention Awards to be placed in the Festival Art and Poetry Display.
Festival Art and Poetry Display: All award-winning artwork will be displayed at the Festival Art and Poetry Display on October 17 and 18. One artwork will receive a Best in Show award.
Verses and Voices
Interpretive Art Guidelines
The purpose of Verses and Voices is to develop learning experiences that teach students to see, shape, and share the creative meaning of words. This special and unique program integrates the creative arts through poetry.
In order to submit a visual art entry, the following guidelines apply:
EACH ENTRY MUST BE ORIGINAL IN CONCEPT, DESIGN AND EXECUTION
Matting / Mounting / Display Guidelines
Each student is responsible for matting or mounting his or her entry for display. Each piece must include an identification label. The ID label should be typed and placed in the lower right hand corner as follows:
Above the ID label, include entire text of poem used.
All artwork must be ready for hanging. Works must be framed, mounted, or matted. Mats should be a neutral color (black, white or cream). Attach artwork to mat with good quality tape (no duct tape). Mats wrapped in plastic or acetate are not acceptable.
Verses and Voices
Interpretive Art Adjudication Form
Adjudicator Name _______________________________________________________
Scoring: The number five is the best rating. The First Lady Award winner will have the highest score. The Superintendent Award winner will have the second highest score and the Principal Award winner will have the third highest score.
Creates a visual understanding of poem / line used 5 4 3 2 1
Demonstrates the knowledge of materials used5 4 3 2 1
Illustrate the skills of good craftsmanship5 4 3 2 1
Overall composition neat / well done aesthetically pleasing to the eye5 4 3 2 1
Proper credit given for works cited5 4 3 2 1
Communication Arts Teachers: Original Poetry
A focus of the Verses and Voices Festival is original poetry. All students should learn to express words creatively.
Poet Laureate Award: To encourage the creation and expression of poetic words Missouri’s First Poet Laureate (2008-2010), Walter Bargen, established a new award, The Poet Laureate Award for Original Poetry. Each school in Missouri may present one Missouri Poet Laureate Award each year for an original poem by one of its students. Each school will select its winning poem through an adjudicated display of poetry that is open to all students. It is recommended that the poetry display include an event of students reading their submitted poetry.
Individual School Poetry Displays: Each school will present a display of original poetry from October 10 14. The communication arts teacher will chair a committee that will select the award recipients. Send the award recipient names to Mary Ann Haenni by October 14 for certificates to be printed and signed. (email@example.com)
Festival Awards: Each school may present three awards for original poetry; the Poet Laureate Award, the Superintendent’s Award, and the Principal’s Award. Up to six additional poems in each school may be given Honorable Mention Awards and presented in the Festival Art and Poetry Display.
Poetry Readers: Each one of the high school Poet Laureate Award recipients will read at the Festival Concert on Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. All awardees are encouraged to read at the Poetry Café Open Mic Night.
Festival Art and Poetry Display: All award-winning poetry will be displayed at the Festival Art and Poetry Display on October 17 and 18. One poem will be selected to receive a Best in Show award.
Verses and Voices
Original Poetry Guidelines
The purpose of Verses and Voices is to develop learning experiences that teach students to see, shape and share the creative meaning of words. This special and unique program integrates the creative arts through poetry.
Poetry submission will be a single poem.
Categories for Original Poetry
• Traditional forms (ballads, odes, sonnets, haikus, limericks, sonnets, etc.)
• Experimental forms
• Free verse
Elementary: Limited to 10-50 lines total per poetry submission.
Grades 7-8: Limited to 10-100 lines total per poetry submission.
Grades 9-12: Limited to 10-200 lines total per submission.