They came. They saw. They sang.
Students enrolled in the Ironwood Ridge High School Tri-M Summer Music Camp have been perfecting their perfect pitch since July 11. Now the two-week experience will end on a high note with a free concert for the public this Friday night.
About 40 students in grades K-6 from across Northwest Tucson are participating in the camp, which has been conducted by high school students from IRHS’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society since 2004. The camp gives younger students an opportunity to learn more about music and performing, and Tri-M members a chance to experience what it’s like to be a mentor, said Teresa Irwin, the choir director at IRHS and the Tri-M chapter’s sponsor.
“Our high school kids learn about being a leader and the type of influence they have on younger kids,” said Irwin. “They grow so much from working with the camp. Many learn through this experience whether they want to be a teacher.”
The chapter has about 40 members. About half are participating in this year’s summer music camp.
This Friday night’s free concert is divided into two parts. The camp’s 10 kids from grades K-2 will perform in Interplanetary Jammin’, a musical revue featuring singing, dancing and dialogue revolving around the moon, stars and planets. Then, the 28 third- through sixth-graders will perform in the Disney Movie Revue, featuring songs and dances from animated Disney films.
The performances will come complete with sets and props that the campers crafted with the help of the Tri-M members.
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a national music honor society. IRHS hosts Chapter 3976. Students qualify for membership by participating in band, orchestra and choir. In addition, they must be recommended for membership by a teacher, maintain high grades and perform community service.
If you go
What: Tri-M Summer Music Camp Concert
When: Friday, July 22, 7 p.m.
Where: Ironwood Right High School auditorium, 2475 W. Naranja
For more information, call 407-4237.