SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 196
October 22, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||State Song Subcommittee Seeks Input from School Community Regarding Selection of New State Song|
This memorandum provides information regarding the mechanism through which citizens of Virginia are encouraged to participate in the selection of a new state song. Specifically, the State Song Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., invites the school community to listen to the eight grand finalist songs and provide feedback to the Subcommittee by late December. In 1998, the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) was directed by the General Assembly to establish a subcommittee "to make a recommendation to the Governor and the General Assembly for a new official state song" (House Joint Resolution 107). The ACIR State Song Subcommittee announced the 1998 State Song Competition in July 1998. After three rounds of judging, the subcommittee has narrowed the field of more than 300 entries to eight grand finalists. Senator Hanger and members of the ACIR State Song Subcommittee would like to encourage broad participation in the final phase of the state song selection process. Input from the school community will help subcommittee members make a recommendation to the General Assembly for our new state song. The subcommittee also hopes that students in music classes will have the opportunity to learn the grand finalist songs and that these songs will be included in school performances. The grand finalist songs are available on the Virginia State Song website at http://www.vipnet.org/song/song.html. To listen to the songs on this website, Real Audio Player software must be installed. Information about downloading this software, free of charge, and a form for providing feedback to the State Song Subcommittee are both available on the website. An audio cassette tape of the eight grand finalist songs will be made available through the State Song Subcommittee for $2. Ordering information for the tape will be posted on their website. The ACIR welcomes written comments about the grand finalist songs either by mail or electronically over the Internet. Participants may use the comment form on the state song Web site or send comments to the following address: Student Comment, ACIR, 900 E. Main Street, Suite 103, Richmond, VA 23219. Additionally, Senator Hanger invites individual schools to send their comments from the school as a whole. For guidelines on planning and implementing a process to include school-wide participation in the State Song Contest, please contact the ACIR at the above address. The State Song Subcommittee encourages every school community in the Commonwealth to participate in the historic process of selecting the new state song. For further information, please contact Adele MacLean, Secretary, Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, at 804/786-6508 or Dr. Theresa F. Lee, specialist, Fine Arts/Music, Virginia Department of Education, at 804/786-8078, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. PDS/vdg .