On Saturday, February 25, over 150 members of the Noble Schools community gathered together to celebrate music and student musicians at Noble’s 5th annual Honor Music Festival. The mixture of musical talents on display at the festival was stunning. Student choirs, orchestras, string ensembles, and more from across several Noble campuses took to the stage of the Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium to perform.
“All of these opportunities are new adventures and learning that students undergo along with the expertise of the faculty of NEIU who work with them throughout the weekend,” said David Batdorf, choir director at Golder College Prep and one of the main organizers of the event.
Batdorf is originally from the Pennsylvania area and found his way to Chicago over 10 years ago. He found out about Noble through a friend and now 7 years later, here he is! Music has guided Batdorf throughout his educational career.
“A guiding phrase in my life is, ‘Develop your gift and give it away’. I’ve always known I wanted to pass on the opportunity to participate in and be changed by music to young people. Starting and seeing the choir program grow at Golder has provided a deeply meaningful and personal way to do this for me,” Batdorf said.
When Batdorf and former Golder choir director Kim Rocks first started this festival, the experience was designed specifically for choir and band. Now, the festival has become a prominent event to showcase all kinds of musical talents, and it keeps growing even larger.