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Corey Cub Chorus
Posted in , on February 6, 2024

Corey chorus performance will honor teachers

Prepping since September, the Corey Cub Chorus from Corey Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language is almost ready to take the stage at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) convention this week. 

But it all started back in July when Corey’s music teacher, Felipe Rosales, submitted a recording of one of the chorus’ performances. 

“I wanted to bring forth the love of music making,” said Rosales.  

As one of only three elementary choirs in Texas selected to sing at the convention, that’s exactly what they’ll do at the convention that runs Wednesday through Saturday. Corey’s singers perform Thursday afternoon. 

“The kids are really excited,” Rosales said. “I told them, ‘You are going to be performing for all the Mr. Rosales’ and that’s when they really understood how big of a deal this is.” 

The Cubs are set to sing a selection of five choral songs for children.  

“I’m excited about performing in front of a lot of people,” said fifth grader Daniel Aguirre.  

But it’s not just about music.  

“It’s also a big thank you to our teachers,” said Rosales.  

That’s why the Cubs will be sharing personal letters to teachers who have inspired them in between each song. 

From singing, dancing and inspiring transitions, it’s an expression of gratitude to the educators who have played a pivotal role in shaping the success of young performers. 

“I’m mostly excited to make the teachers at TMEA happy and perform for them because they don’t always get the appreciation they deserve,” said fifth grader Elise Gonzales.  

“We are so excited to be representing Arlington ISD at the state level,” Rosales said. “This is one of the largest honors a choir can receive.” 

Leading up to the convention, the choir had the chance to perform at the Dr. Marcelo Cavazos Center for Visual and Performing Arts and another show this past Sunday in University Park. 

These young performers sure are worth celebrating, and teachers like Rosales, too!  

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Gonzales. “It will be a memory I will never forget.”