John Witherspoon Middle School General Music Teacher 2017-2018 6th Grade
Examples of lessons taught: Music through the decades Body percussion Creating musical instruments Music and Film Garageband Composition
St. Andrew's School Choral Director 2014-2017 Upper School Chamber Choir 7th and 8th Grade Concert Choir 5th and 6th Grade Beginning Chorus 4th Grade Chorus 3rd Grade Chorus Rolling Tones Cross-Divisional A Cappella Group
While at St. Andrew's School, Morgan's ensembles traveled frequently, performing in the local and greater community, often as featured ensembles. Her ensembles receive Superior and Excellent ratings at statewide and national festivals. She started a new ensemble, the St. Andrew’s A Cappella Group "The Rolling Tones" in her second year of teaching. In her third year, Morgan added the St. Andrew's School 3rd and 4th Grade Choruses.
Choral Awards and Honors: Individual Honors: -March 2017 - 5th/6th Grade Beginning Chorus received straight Superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation -March 2017 - Upper School Chamber Choir participated in Choirs of America Festival at Carnegie Hall -February 2017 - Recipient of Savannah Voice Festival performance and talk-back -October 2016 - 5th/6th Grade Beginning Chorus was a featured ensemble in local "Music with a Mission" concert -April 2016 - Upper School Chamber Choir Choir received an Excellent rating at Festival Disney -March 2016 - 5th/6th Grade Beginning Chorus received an overall Superior rating at Large Group Performance Evaluation -February 2016 - St. Andrew's Chamber Choir was asked to be a featured ensemble in the Savannah Sings Choral Festival -November 2015 - Recipient of Savannah Children's Choir Artist in Residence Masterclass -Fall 2015 - Members of the 5th/6th Grade Beginning Chorus selected as "Music with a Mission" small group -November 2014 - Recipient of Savannah Children's Choir Artist in Residence Masterclass
Annual Events: -Sent students to Elementary/Sixth Grade Statewide Honor Chorus (2016, 2017) -Sent Middle School and Upper School students to District Honor Choir (2014, 2015, 2016) -Sent Middle School students to Georgia Independent Schools Association Honor Choir (2015) -Sent Middle School and Upper School students to Savannah Sings All-Male Honor Chorus (2015, 2016) -Sent select students to audition for Middle School and High School All-State Chorus (2015) -Choral Department Awards given to excelling Upper School students annually -Fred Waring Director's Award for Chorus given to four eighth grade students annually -National Choral Award given to two US students annually -All St. Andrew's choral ensembles travel to local nursing homes senior citizen days at churches to perform and give to the community
Examples of works conducted: The Road Home - Stephen Paulus The Irish Blessing - Joyce Bacak The Water is Wide - Jason Webb, arr. Johnson Boys - Jay Broeker, arr. El Grillo - Josquin de Prez Elegy - Daniel Elder Salaam Aleikum - Laura Farnell Muié Rendéra - C.A. Pinto Fonseca Tres Canciones de los Elementos - Victor C. Johnson Kusimama - Jim Papoulis Psallite Unigenito - Michael Praetorius Grow Little Tree - Andrea Ramsey Birdsong - Paul Read Miniyama Nayo - Paul John Rudoi It Takes a Whole Village - Joan Szymko
St. Andrew's School General Music Teacher 2014-2017 2nd Grade General Music Kindergarten General Music Pre-K3 General Music
At St. Andrew's, Morgan was General Music Teacher for Pre-K3, Kindergarten and 2nd grade. Each year, the Lower School students put on a performance for Grandparent's Day, hosted by the general music teachers and art teacher. In addition, these students performed at a Lower School Spring Concert, showing off their singing and instrumental work from the year.
Examples of lessons taught: Music through the decades Solfége-based Sight-reading Recorder Methods and Performance Music history - ex: Ludwig van Beethoven, W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, P. Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Musical Explorers Carnegie Hall Program