Petition to Emily Pierson
Mr. Robert Douglas came into the Eau Gallie Choral Program at one of the most hectic times of the year. He is a driven, charismatic director who truly is invested in each one of his students. The department as a whole has benefited under his direction. Not only has the musicianship of the students improved, but the students have been taught to emote through the music and make each piece their own. As a result of the prior director's absence, our department was in jeopardy of continuing the pusuit of music education. Mr. Douglas came in, taught the Disney Candleight music to the students, as they were chosen by Disney to be Honor Choir in the annual Candlelight Processional, organized an entire choir production for our annual PRISM concert, took the show choir to Solo/Ensemble where they received straight superiors under his direction, took Concert choir and a Womens choir to MPA and received Superiors, took that same Concert choir to State MPA, which has not been done in recent Eau Gallie history, and those students received and overall Excellent rating. Mr. Douglas also was the music coordinator and director of our spring musical The Music Man. Mr. Douglas has grown a significant relationship with each student in the department and it would be detrimental to remove him. The quality of the department would be negatively effected and could possibly taint the reputation Eau Gallie has as a music demonstration school. The assimilation of our prior director would be much more difficult because the students have bonded with Mr. Douglas. The purpose of this petition is not to slander or rid our previous director of her job, but to keep the man that has turned this choir into a famiy, and has become an important figure in all of our lives. This petition is to ensure the future growth and continued success of Eau Gallie's Chorus program.