Music is a pretty big deal at Koinonia Christian School

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

There’s no funding for the music program at Slave Lake’s Koinonia Christian School, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping anybody. At the 11th annual Christmas Coffee House a couple of weeks ago, pretty much every student was on stage at one time or another, playing an instrument or singing or both. And the turnout was good.

“It was probably about 300,” says Elizabeth Lund, the school principal and music teacher. “We had 65 students (performing).”

That was the Grade 5 through 12 students, who performed in four separate band groups.

Lund says every student takes music at the school. There’s a plan afoot to start the younger ones playing bells, which will give them a good start in reading music. There’s a “bell system” for learning that, Lund says, and donations from the coffee house (about $2,700 was raised) will go to purchasing it. That will consist of a set of bells for each student, plus sheet music.

“Music is probably one of our stronger programs,” Lund says. “It brings the community together.”

The students will be out playing again come Dec. 13, at the Vanderwell Lodge. One drawback to such performances, Lund says, is the shortage of portable sound equipment. Fundraising is in progress for that as well. Once purchased, it will allow the music groups from the school to get out and play more in the community.

“We could go on the road!” she says.

Speaking of which, the K-4 kids have their chance to shine with a Christmas concert on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Community Christian Centre, which is on 6th St. SE. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Trae Klassen performing with the Grade7/8 band at the KCS Christmas concert on Nov. 24.

Hard at it: A fundraising event last week for the Christian School.

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