Facts and Quotes…
- Ralston Valley opened in fall of 2000 with about 75 students enrolled in choir.
- There are over 220 students enrolled in a choral music class for fall of 2015
- Over 50 Ralston Valley students have been selected to Colorado All State Choir in the schools 15 year history.
- Over 40 Ralston Valley students are currently studying Music or Music Education at the collegiate level.
- Ralston Valley Choral Music graduates are singing in college and community choirs across the Rocky Mountain region and country.
“There is a practical reason for music education: it teaches people to think, to solve problems, to take risks, to think independently, to be an entrepreneur and innovator. The virtues of music education are the virtues of free enterprise in general and of a high tech, knowledge based society in particular: flexibility, adaptability, inventiveness, even playfulness.”
William E. LaMothe, C.E.O., Xerox Company
“In the eyes of posterity the success of the United States as a civilized society will be largely judged by the creative activities of it’s citizens in the arts, architecture, literature and music.”
President Eisenhower’s Commission on National Goals
“During the Gulf War music brought me great peace of mind. I have shared my love of music with people throughout this world, while listening to the drums and special instruments of the Far East, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far North, and all of this started with the music appreciation course that I was taught in a third-grade elementary class in Princeton, New Jersey. What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music was not taught to children.”
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf — United States Army