MONROE, N.C. -- The Fred Ingold Festival has been an important event for Union County second graders for over 10 years.

This year's festival is being organized by Jodi McConkey, elementary music chairperson and music teacher at Sardis Elementary School, as well as the Union County elementary music teachers.

To celebrate Music in our Schools Month as well as integrate the science curriculum, the festival is named for the late Fred Ingold, a popular and well-respected Union County administrator.

This year the festival will take place simultaneously in three locations -- Porter Ridge High School, Marvin Ridge High School and Forest Hills High School -- on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at both 9:30 and 10:45am.

The Porter Ridge performance will feature the Porter Ridge High School band, the Marvin Ridge performance will showcase the Marvin Ridge High School band and Vivace, a student strings group affiliated with the Union Symphony. At Forest Hills High School the second graders will listen to the Forest Hills High School band and the Benton Heights School of the Arts string ensemble.

During the festival, the ensembles, through popular tunes and lively melodies, will entertain the second grade students. Ensemble members will demonstrate their instrument and explain how sound is produced, tying in the knowledge that the students already have about sound production. Students will further learn about musical terms such as pitch, dynamics, and tone in relation to sound. The conclusion of the festival will include the traditional singing of America (My Country Tis of Thee).

The Fred Ingold Festival is a fabulous integration of the arts and sciences and this year is sure to be a fulfilling and worthwhile educational experience for all.

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