February 2018 Hometown Hero 1

Choir is a time where you can sing and have fun, so why not create an honors choir? That is exactly what Adam Albright, the choir director at Visintainer Middle School, did.

Since Albright grew up in Lakewood, there were many opportunities for him to participate in honors choir. From community groups to church groups, Albright began singing publicly at the age of eight. He began teaching in the district in 2001, and has never looked back. Albright came to work at Visintainer in 2009, so this is his eighth year as the choir teacher.

After years of students showing a passion for choir, he decided it time to make a higher-level course. Albright explained, “I felt that there was a need for a group to exceed the expectation of the norm in the middle school.”

He currently has 24 students in his honors choir class, from all three grade levels and all three buildings. One of the students in Albright’s eighth-grade honors class is Sasha Jaskolka. Jaskolka shared, “I like being in honors choir because I get to hear new music and improve my singing.”

Albright inspires others, but who inspired him to become a choir teacher? “I would say the one with the most impact was my high school choir teacher, Mr. John Drotleff,” Albright explained. “He had a way of demanding a lot out of his singers, but also respected the idea that anyone could sing. It was a blessing to be in his class.”

Albright’s path to become a teacher was unique compared to the average person. It took him a long time to figure out himself and the art he loved. Albright advised, “Enjoy the time and experience shared with your fellow musicians because it will be a time you will never be able to get back.”

Dalyn Jaskolka, a sixth-grader at Visintainer Middle School, is one of over fifty student “backpack journalists” (grades 6-12) in the award-winning BEAT Video Program. The program is sponsored by Scene75 (scene75.com), RPM, Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Baskets Galore, Medina County Arts Council, Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, Brunswick Eagles 3505, and the Brunswick Rotary Club. Go to TheBeat22.com to learn more about the Program, or visit TheBeat.viebit.com to view videos produced by the students.