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Don't cut Skyview men's choir class

2011-04-21T00:00:00Z 2011-04-21T10:09:29Z Don't cut Skyview men's choir class The Billings Gazette
April 21, 2011 12:00 am

I am a senior at Skyview High school, as well as the president of choir. Recently, my teacher Mrs. Logan was informed that the freshman men's choir is in serious danger of getting cut next year because of the "Golden 22 Rule." The administrators in charge recently made the decision to cut any class if there are not at least 22 kids registered in it. Although it has always been a small and even misunderstood class, it is no doubt one of the most important choirs in the music department.

If the class is cut, a large freshman mixed choir will take its place, which will be an unbalanced number of 15 boys and 50 girls. The young men will never get the opportunity to experience the growth and personal improvement that occurs now with the young men's choir. This class prepares their voices for the auditioned choirs in the years to come.

If it gets cut, it may cause a domino effect on the other choirs, where the men won't join choir or they'll quit after the first year because they are overpowered by 50 young freshman girls who just know in their hearts they are the next Taylor Swift.

Music is so important for students to be involved in, and this "Golden 22 Rule" may deprive the young men of Skyview from an amazing musical experience.

Sydney Wehmeyer

Billings

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