2022-2023 World Music Ensemble for 5th Grade Students

At O. H. Anderson, we have 4th & 5th grade choirs open to all students giving them a focused singing opportunity on a weekly basis with a performance during the fifth grade program.  The World Music Ensemble helps to fill the void left by the absence of a band or string program at our elementary school. 


This year, fifth grade students will have the opportunity to audition for the World Music Ensemble that will rehearse Friday mornings before school from 8:15-8:55 a.m. starting November 18th and following the schedule on the back of this letter.  The students will prepare music that will be performed as a stand-alone ensemble as well as music to accompany the 5th grade choir and programs on May 18 and 19, 2023.  This ensemble, with its flexible format and instrumentation, will explore written and improvised music from around the world using world drumming methods, Orff mallet instruments, and hand chimes. This small ensemble will meet the following criteria in order to achieve its stated mission and goals:

  • Students will need music reading skills similar to that which would be acquired in two years of piano or violin instruction.  The audition will consist of the student performing a prepared piece on their given instrument, sight reading, and call and response exercises.
  • Students need to make a commitment to practice the assigned music and attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances.
  • This year the fee is $10 (if you are in 5th grade choir, you do not need to pay this fee again).  This fee will be used to cover the cost of purchasing music.  You do not need to register and pay the fee on the EPay site at this time. Please wait until after auditions. Please let Mr. Pontious know if this fee stands in the way of your child participating in World Music so that assistance can be provided. 
  • The shirt for performances is $15. Let Mr. Pontious know if this cost is prohibitive so that assistance can be provided. If your student is in choir, they just need to purchase the World Music Ensemble shirt.

Do not pay any of these fees until your child’s placement in the ensemble is confirmed


Our Mission

The mission of O.H. Anderson Elementary, the joyful Zephyr family of curious, hard-working learners committed to empowering everyone to be better together, is to ensure all students discover their authentic selves and build bold learner agency to collaboratively and mindfully contribute in our world through a vital system distinguished by:

  • An inclusive and fun environment that honors the worth of the individual and connections with others
  • A culture that celebrates learning, passion, and personal excellence 
  • Teaching and learning that values the process of discovery and bold experimentation 
  • A culture that empowers authentic student voice, choice, and action for the greater good
O.H. Anderson Elementary School ISD #832
666 South Warner Avenue, Mahtomedi, MN 55115
Phone: 651-407-2300
Attendance Line: 651-407-2308
Our School
We believe in creating a safe and challenging learning community with the goal of bringing together social and academic learning throughout the day to foster and support engaged, caring, and responsible learners. Our dedicated teachers work with students to develop a growth mindset by providing learning opportunities that spark effort, curiosity, and engagement to fuel growth and achievement. Our school-wide Zephyr Time Celebrations, Morning Announcements, all-school River of Rocks art project, Fun Run, and Nature Trail Day are ways in which we build a strong sense of community. Whether it is programming robots, book clubs, math talks, cross-country skiing, or composing music, we are committed to providing an engaging and challenging education for all students.