Head Choir director Kenneth Turner retires at the end of the 2016-2017 school year
Head Choir director Kenneth Turner will be retiring his position at the end of the school year to become the full time choir director at his local church.
“It was a very difficult decision,” Turner said. “I really didn’t decide until just a few years ago, but it is time. I am getting ready to turn 60, and I’ve been teaching for 24 years.”
After teaching students how to sing for 24 years, Turner feels privileged about the opportunity he had to work with this program.
“When I first came, I always felt very excited about being at Churchill,” Turner said. “It’s such a great school with such great kids, and the program has just gotten better and better from year to year.”
Retirement is an option Turner has been considering for a while, but he did not decide until recently.
“I’ve been thinking about it for about a year, but I really didn’t decide until just about four weeks ago,” Turner said.
Many of his students are sad to see Turner go, but are excited to see what lies ahead in the future of choir.
“He was a really good teacher,” freshman Choir student Katelyn Cardenas said. “He ‘clicked’ with us, and he knew how to understand all of the students.”
There will be interviews in the near future to find a new head choir director after Turner retires.
“The future that choir has in store is just the next step and a new beginning to see where the choir will go,” Assistant Choir director Bonnie Smith said. “It’s going to be an exciting journey.
Turner will definitely miss his students and emotional connections he has made over the years through music.
“My favorite memories are all of our musical experiences on stage,” Turner said. “The program has just gotten better and better from year to year.” By Mariel Garcia
ONE LAST HOORAH: Head Choir director Kenneth Turner dances at choir banquet on Friday, May 26 to celebrate the end of the year with his students. “Even though I am going to love and miss my students, I’m not going to miss the extra hours that happen on a daily basis.” he said. PHOTO BY MARIEL GARCIA