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Jeff Danner to direct MSVMA Honors Choir

The wait is finally over. On Thursday afternoon, Jeff Danner will take the stage at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids as director of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s Middle School Honors Choir.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers across the state of Michigan,” said Danner, who’s the secondary vocal music department chair for Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. “The 2-year wait due to COVID has made this all the more special, and now that it’s finally here it’s almost hard to believe!”

Danner is directing the MSVMA Soprano/Alto choir, which is composed of 115 middle school aged students from across the state. They’ll preform on Thursday, January 19, at 2 p.m.

This school year marks Danner’s twenty-fourth working with singers, choirs, and the performing arts programs at Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. During his time in the district, he has made an immense impact on his students and built a tradition of excellence. One of the main criteria for his selection as the MSVMA Honors Choir Director is that he must have received a large proportion of Excellence final determination at district or state festivals. Over the past nine years, he’s guided Sarah Banks Middle School choirs to the state festival eight times.

“Walled Lake Consolidated Schools has provided me a place to hone my craft for my whole career, and I’m so proud and humbled to represent our district in front of hundreds of parents and music educators from across the state,” said Danner. “I have been blessed to have supportive colleagues and admin who trust me and let me do what I love to do, to create unforgettable vocal experiences for our students, parents, and the community.”