I am fascinated how music affects our whole person. One of my favorite quotes by Robert Shaw says, "The Arts are not simply skills: Their concern is the intellectual and spiritual maturity of human life. And in a time when religious and political institutions may lose their visions of human dignity, they (the arts) are the custodians of those values which most worthily define humanity, which most sensitively define Divinity, and, in fact, may prove to be the only workable Program of Conservation for the human race on the planet." The aesthetic joys of music making cannot be duplicated in any other art form. It is a communication unto itself. It is found that the study of music strengthens the minds learning potential. The students who are part of a music program tend to achieve at higher levels in all areas of school. I believe that every child can learn, and extend that belief to the certainty that every child is musically expressive and deserves the opportunity to explore that capability. It is with the greatest pleasure that I welcome all choir students to Woodridge Forrest Middle School Choral Department. It is going to be an exciting year for all involved!