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CHS Vocal Music Concert

The Central Vocal Music concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12th at 5pm in the CHS AUD. This concert will be include all four curricular choirs as well as the two orchestras.



Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, Dec. 22nd, 2021 at 11:40 AM for the next Robed Choir and friends/supporters Alumni Day!  CHS AUD.



A note from Mr. Esser:


To the Central High School Vocal Music Students Present and Past –


As you probably know, this is my last year of teaching (39 1/2 years) and my last at CHS (30 years).


I’ve been going through a specific desk drawer where I keep a bunch of notes, letters, emails, etc. from parents, current and former students, and some from random judges or people in the community.  I even kept some of the “I’m not happy with you” notes; I kept those notes to keep me grounded 

As I was reading the notes, it whooshed over me how lucky I have been to be here for such a long time.  I am appreciative of how many amazing people I have had the pleasure to teach, sit next to, share musical experiences with, etc.  I thank every person I had contact with over the years, whether positive or negative. You all gave me insight into humanity. The happiest times in my life were experiences I had with students.  The joy of seeing students’ faces when they discovered something about music/life that they never knew before was inspiring to me.  The elation felt after a performance, or winning/placing at a competition, or the emotion felt after the Memorial Day service will always stay with me.  Preparing so many great voice recitals or receiving a “this is one of the best performances I have ever judged” comment at solo/ensemble contest, are all just some of treasured memories in my life.  Those experiences fed my soul.  Performing at college festivals, church tours, community events, fund-raising events for various community groups  – the list goes on and on – the singers in this high school program did SO much to improve our community.  (Did you realize that the show choir fund-raising concerts raised over $30,000 for community organizations over the years?)

Of course, much credit goes to the support of the parents/guardians of the singers.  It has been a pleasure working with your children.

I am thankful beyond words to have been a part of this program.  As the tears run down my cheeks writing this note, just know that I love all of you so much.  Even though I had to be “direct” with my words at times, just know that it came from a place of respect and conviction, that I knew you could be better than you ever imagined.




Mike Esser


PS – for those that were a part of the “Tribute Video” – thanks so much.  It was so awesome to see faces from the past!!  All of you have aged so well  – I’m envious 



Central High School offers four curricular choirs including:

*Robed Choir – 1 credit

*Upper Treble Choir – 1 credit

*Bass Clef Choir – 1/2 credit

*Freshmen Treble Choir – 1/2 credit

Additional offerings include varsity and prep level show choirs and solo and ensemble coaching.

There is a place in this program for every student who wants to sing.

Food for thought …

“The world’s top academic countries place a high value on music education … requiring music education training, both instrumental and vocal, for several decades.”

~1988 International Assoc. for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test