The Skyview High School Choir, under the direction of Amy Logan, joins the internationally renowned composer-conductor Tim Janis for Montana PBS’ annual “Celebrate America Montana” special.
It will be aired Monday at 7 p.m. on Montana PBS. Janis will be live in the studio during the broadcast.
The Skyview High School Choir sang an eight-part arrangement of “Shenandoah” for the program created by Janis to spotlight the nation's youth and to pull communities together in an uplifting and inspiring celebration of music.
The program was taped in January at the KUSM-Montana PBS studio in Bozeman. Hundreds of students from Montana high school music programs participated, including students from Belgrade, Big Timber, Billings, Polson, Missoula, Stevensville, Livingston, Hamilton and Bozeman.
“Being able to participate in the production of Celebrate America enabled me to reflect on how we are blessed to live in such a beautiful country and how I am proud to call it my home,” said Skyview choir member Candace Olson.
With millions of albums sold, five national public TV specials, and two No. 1 Billboard-charting CDs, Janis has worked with some of the top artists in the music and entertainment business — from Paul McCartney and Billy Joel to Ray Charles.
Janis’ song, “Celebrate America” originally written for the PBS special, is now the official theme song for the U.S. Honor Flag which has flown millions of miles since 9/11, including to Iraq and Afghanistan, to honor our fallen fire, police and military heroes.