The Key School Chorus is a free after-school program funded by the PTA for grades 1 through 5. While Key students have the opportunity to take music classes within the Fillmore program, the Chorus program brings music into the halls of our school. Now in its third year, the Chorus is more popular than ever, with 42 children in the younger group (grades 1-2) and 20 in the older group (grades 3-5).

The Chorus is directed by Ann Roddy, putting a lifetime of experience as a choral singer and nearly 20 years studying and performing old-time and bluegrass music to good use. With a heavy focus on traditional music, especially American folk, Key School choristers learn classics by The Carter Family, The Stanley Brothers, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams, to name a few, while also learning the basics of harmony singing.

The Chorus meets weekly during most of the school year and performs at the Holiday Sharing Program, the Black History Month assembly, and at a special end-of-year “Hootenanny” in May.

To learn more about the Chorus program, or to order a CD of last year’s Hootenanny, please contact Ann Roddy at