Our mission is to advance the choral arts through education, performance, and collaboration at the highest artistic level, fostering individual development and international relationships.
The choir is a both an educational institution and an arts organization. The two are inextricably linked and intertwined. We believe that music is good for children and choral singing is a deeply wholesome, invigorating, enriching practice.
Patrick Marsh Musical Information 2021
Are you interested in auditioning for the upcoming musical? Sign up outside of the Choir Room 105 (starting the week of Oct. 11th)! This year, Patrick Marsh will be presenting the musical, “Aladdin” on February 4th & 5th. Based on the iconic animated film, Disney’s Aladdin will send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with adventure. A musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.
Auditions will be held Monday Oct. 18th, Tuesday Oct. 19th, and Wednesday Oct. 20th from 3:10-4:10 in the Choir Room. You may audition alone or with a partner. Prepare to sing part of a song that you think showcases your voice and read a short part of the script. If you would like to practice reading, there will be a script to practice with in the choir room or LMC starting in October. Auditions will be first come first served. Crew sign up will be in November. See Ms. Zarzyski with any questions.
About Patrick Marsh Choirs
Sixth grade choir is open to all students and introduces them to the art of choral singing. This course provides students with the opportunity to develop musical skills through classroom instruction as well as through performance. Students will learn how to read rhythmic notation and solfège, and engage in healthy vocal production and ensemble singing. These concepts are reinforced by singing literature of different musical styles in four evening concerts throughout the year as well as a variety of fun music related field trips. The students have the option of participating in Pops Club, seeing a live professional musical at the Overture Center in Madison, and participating in our annual Solo & Ensemble Festival. This class meets every other day for the entire year. Attendance and participation in all concerts and rehearsals is mandatory.
Seventh grade choir meets daily and continues to build upon the concepts of sixth grade choir. It strives to provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop their individual musical skills as well as ensemble skills. Students will engage in the curriculum goals of healthy tone production, relaxed breathing, reading rhythmic notation and solfège, ear-training, and overall musical knowledge. These concepts are reinforced through singing a variety of music in several concerts throughout the year. Individual progress for choir students will be enhanced through several individual or small group lessons each quarter. The students have the option of participating in Pops Club, seeing a live professional musical at the Overture Center in Madison, and participating in our annual Solo & Ensemble Festival. This class meets everyday for the entire year. Attendance and participation in all concerts and rehearsals is mandatory.
MEET THE DIRECTOR
Ms. Zarzyski grew up in Ripon, Wisconsin where she was actively involved in choir and musical productions. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education - Choral and General Music degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 2015 and is currently pursuing her Master of Education degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. While at Eau Claire, she performed in numerous Cabarets as well as the opera “Die Fledermaus.” She has toured with the Eau Claire Concert Choir to Washington D.C. and to Portugal and has sung in numerous community ensembles including The Master Singers of Eau Claire, The Oshkosh Chamber Singers, and currently with the Madison Chamber Choir. In 2019, she performed in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Choral Festival in Paris, France with the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Choir. Ms. Zarzyski taught choir in the Ripon Area School District prior to her current position as the choir teacher at Patrick Marsh Middle School. She is also the Drama Club and Pops Club advisor.
Ms. Zarzyski strongly believes that music is the expression of the human experience through sound and strives to teach her students through that. When not teaching, she enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.
Ms. Rachel A. Zarzyski
Patrick Marsh Middle School