NOW:53122:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
79°
H 79° L 57°
Partly Cloudy | 12MPH

Music Teacher /Creative Director, Katie Bart, helps Burleigh Students to “Shine Your Way”

March 23, 2014


In a time where many school districts are eliminating the “non-essentials” of education like Music and the Arts, Elmbrook Schools are fortunate to continue to offer students opportunities that go beyond the classroom and the “three R’s.” Mrs. Katie Bart, Music teacher and Creative Director for Burleigh Elementary’s Musical program, plays an integral part in making sure Brookfield’s youngest residents are exposed to what she calls, “the sense of wonder and magic that being on stage and performing with their friends” can add to children’s lives.

From the time she attended St. Olaf College, Katie Bart has been a musician and a “creator.” She wrote a choral musical version of the Irish Blessing while still a student, entitled, “The Blessing,” and it is still performed all over the world today. She has also contributed to the creation of school music education programs like ACE (Arts in Community Education) a collaboration between the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, schools and local musicians. ACE integrates music and the arts into the core curriculum. Katie is not just your average music teacher. “She is a treasure – and one Burleigh is lucky to have,” glows Lynn Preston, former colleague from Swallow Elementary in Hartland where Bart shared her gifts for seventeen years before joining the Burleigh team.

Her crowning glory, however, is the children’s Musical Review production that she heads every other year for the last sixteen years now. Bart has lead the Burleigh fourth and fifth graders in the creation and performance of musical shows that she personally writes, choreographs and directs with an amazing unpaid “support staff” of volunteers who give tremendous amounts of their time and talent. Bart has a passion for the performing arts that is infectious and inspiring. Her own family members contribute to her labor of love as well. After moving out of state recently, her daughter and son-in-law submitted video-recorded dance steps and suggestions for this year’s performance. Former Burleigh principal, Bil Zahn, confessed that while happily retired now, he misses “the spirit Katie brings to every musical and watching everyone work for the common purpose of the kids’ success.” Many volunteers remain with Bart and her musicals long after their own children have “graduated” because of the pleasure they receive watching children blossom on stage. The connection between finding one’s voice on stage, in the classroom and in life is the beautiful discovery that Bart’s performers make year after year.

These impressively polished productions are performed for fellow students, parents and community members at Brookfield’s Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. This March, Bart’s Burleigh students will perform, “Shine Your Way.” Her inspirational musical demonstrates how being unique allows each individual to shine in their own way and showcases the talents of over 200 Burleigh Elementary cast and crewmembers.

Tickets are currently available for performances March 26-28th through the SLW Center Box office 262-781-9520 or www.wilson-center.com (Seniors and Students are just $6.00 and Adults $9.00.)

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Poplar Creek, Home2Suites highlight town board agenda 04:23 PM

» Town of Brookfield's latest incorporation bid fails Updated:  03:50 PM

» Brookfield Bulldogs veteran Lueck comes away a big winner 02:48 PM

» Brookfield Bulldogs sweep Blue Sox to make playoffs 12:59 PM

» 2016 Brookfield East Jr. Spartans Baseball set tryouts for Saturday 09:02 AM

» Elm Grove to host first camp out in Village Park 8/4

» New Berlin woman charged with embezzling from neurosurgery practice 7/30

» Town commission recommends approval for pair of Poplar Creek requests 7/28

» City of Brookfield to host 17th National Night Out 7/28

» 'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale Updated:  7/28

» Blue Sox increase winning streak to seven in a row 7/28

» Both Brookfield Land O' Lakes teams can make playoffs — or not 7/28

» Brookfield Bulldogs split two games over weekend 7/28

» Brookfield man charged after alleged stabbing 7/28

» Brookfield Land O'Lakes game brings back good memories 7/28

» Gumina industrial development site prep nears completion 7/28

» Elmbrook Education Foundation releases early details of annual Ladies' Night 7/27

» Capitol water tower getting a makeover 7/27

» Brookfield East baseball team places five players on all-GMC team 7/27

» Car and motorcycle show returns to Elm Grove 7/22

» The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level 7/22

» Brookfield rejects West Allis regarding 124th Street extension 7/21

» Irgens gets Corridor signs as requested following concession 7/21

» Brookfield approves rezoning for quarry apartment project 7/21

» Brookfield Common Council to revisit Regal Apartment project 7/21

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

2015 Writing Contest

 

(Click image for details)

Local Business Directory

CONNECT