Dear Parents,

Please read the letters from the music team below to get details regarding your student’s spring concert performance on Thursday, April 26th at the Mountain View Lutheran Church – 11002 S 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044.

Desert Garden Circulation

Dear Primary Parents,

Please have your students at the church by 6:00pm.  The performance will start at 6:30pm.  Please dress the children in spring colors.  You can leave after the Primary children are done performing or stay to enjoy the other programs performances.

Letter from Dr. Jodi Swanson

It’s concert time again! Once again, it has been my pleasure this semester to teach and work with your children as part of our “Friday Afternoon Ensemble Choir” at DGM. Our Spring Concert is coming up next week, and I’d like to give you some information to be ready!

As I did last Fall semester, this Spring, I work with your young ones on Friday afternoons to foster their glowing love of music. We study rhythm distinctions, note patterns and pitch, listening to one another as part of an ensemble, and beginning skills in harmonies and different singing parts.

Our choir is gaining popularity: We’ve had two new members this semester! For their parents’ benefit, I’m repeating some Introduction information here. For those who have seen this before, please scan on ahead!

I’ve known some of you before, when our sons were students at DGM and when I coordinated the New Family Orientation Program. You may know that our family was struck by tragedy in early 2016 when my husband passed suddenly, and we were temporarily living in Florida closer to family support. We have moved back, and I was happy to fill this need for a choir teacher—it has been healing and uplifting to work with your children on Fridays. Then, as now, I am a member of the ASU faculty, teaching courses in child development, family dynamics, and parenting.

I have sung in amateur and professional-level choirs and musical theater productions and have played flute and piccolo for over 20 years. Currently, I am a first Soprano in the prestigious Phoenix Symphony Chorus—our 140-voice choir performs alongside the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall and venues around the Valley. We just wrapped up a large concert of mixed pieces and will be performing the Brahms Requiem in May. In January, we did the second in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Let me know if you’re ever able to come to our shows or would like discounted tickets—I am permitted a limited number at discounts, and I’d love to see you and your children there!

You may have heard some of our fun songs (“Fried Zucchini”, “Aram Sam Sam”) at home, and you may have had glimpses of some of the ones we’ll perform at the Winter Concert. A primary purpose of this letter is to give you lots of details about the fast-approaching Spring Concert. Please make every effort to have your child attend—they have all worked very hard and we need each voice in our small ensemble!

DGM SPRING CONCERT: 6:00pm Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • WHO SHOULD SHOW UP: It is imperative that each of your children comes, outside an emergency situation, of course. We need every voice, and each of them has an individual role to play.
  • WHERE TO SHOW UP: Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044
  • WHEN TO SHOW UP: The concert officially begins at 6:30pm. I need each of your children there NO LATER THAN 6:00pm. Parking should not be a problem, but please be on time so we can be ready to sing!
  • WHAT TO WEAR: The Music team at DGM has requested that children wear coordinating black and white outfits. Typically, this might be a white shirt and black skirt/slacks or a solid black dress.
  • WHAT TO BRING: A happy smile!
    IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT MUSIC (NO speaking parts this time!): Below the text of this letter, you will find the order of our performance music. For the songs, I have provided the order of the songs and links to YouTube videos with the music for practicing. Please have them practice the songs a couple of times this week and next week at home. Probably you have heard “Fifty Nifty United States” WAY TOO MANY times at home!

I am so excited the children and I get to share this music with you! Please feel free to e-mail me directly or call/text me with any questions. Looking forward to seeing you next week!

Jodi Swanson

Letter from Dr. Marilyn Clark Silva (Lower Elementary)

Here are the concert details:

Where: Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044
When: Thursday, April 26th, they need to arrive by 6pm
What to Wear: Black bottoms, black shoes, white top

I look forward to meeting all of you!

Dr. Marilyn K. Clark Silva

Letter from Ayisha Moss (Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, MYHS)

Our spring concert is quickly approaching! All of our violin classes have been working very hard, and have made a lot of progress. We are excited to share with you all that we have been working on this semester! Here are the details.

  • When: Thursday, April 26th, 6:30pm
    Please arrive no later than 6pm for tuning and concert preparations
  • Where: Mt. Lutheran Church – 11002 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85044
  • Dress: Black and White (students may also wear all black or all white). Please come in your concert best, dress pants and a white shirt for boys, dress pants, dress, or skirt for girls.

Please remind your child to practice their concert repertoire at home, so that they can be prepared and play their very best.

I look forward to seeing you all at the concert!

Ayisha Moss -DGM violin teacher

Letter from Dr. Joe (Upper Elementary, MYHS)

Dear UE, MYHS Families,

We are excited about the upcoming spring concert on April 26th, at 6:30 pm. The students have been working so hard and we are excited to share our wonderful music!

  • MYHS:
    As a reminder, this is a curricular requirement for all MYHS students. Students need to arrive at 6:30 pm and wear all black dress clothes. Band students will need to bring their instruments and music. The equipment for General music student will be brought by DGM van and unloaded at 5:30 pm. Any help would be greatly appreciated!It is also imperative that all students stay for the entire concert to support their peers and to help load their equipment in the Van after the conclusion of the concert.
  • UE:
    Students need to arrive at 6:00 pm and wear a white top and black bottom dress clothes. Each student will need to bring their instrument and music. 

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Dr. Joe

Letter from Stephanie Jones (Rock Band)

We are looking forward to closing the spring concert show with a performance with our rock band.  Please have the students in the band wear black and white to coordinate with the rest of the program.

I will need all my students to arrive at the church to sound check with their at 5pm.

I am providing: drum set, 2 mics, 2 mic stands, 2 mic cords, 2 Amps for 2 Pianos with 2 cords, 1 Guitar 1 cord, 1 bass cord.

If you have any questions please contact me at

Stephanie Jones




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