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Adams Elementary First Graders Perform Opera

Zach Bernard/WBOI News

On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year, two first grade classes from Adams Elementary met with vocal artists from Heartland Sings to learn about opera while fulfilling English Language Arts requirements.

The result was the creation and performance of two unique operas: “The Case of the Many Missing Music Books” and “Something’s Rotten in Candyland.”

The students put their hard work on display Tuesday night, providing sharp performances to the delight of their audience. While musical elements were created by the students, they drew some inspiration from the songs we know and love, too.

Heartland Sings operates its Arts Integrated Residency program with Adams and Southwick Elementary Schools in Northeast Indiana, hoping to foster “teamwork, collaboration, problem solving, creative thinking, critical thinking and perseverance.”

For the first graders, their big project was complete, and the audience went home happy Tuesday night. It was a four-star performance… or, I guess, an A+.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.