Allison Schroeder, a Glandorf Elementary School sixth grader, gave her first pubic performance at the school’s Arts Festival. She sang and played the guitar to Taylor Swift’s “Our Song.” (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
Allison Schroeder, a Glandorf Elementary School sixth grader, gave her first pubic performance at the school’s Arts Festival. She sang and played the guitar to Taylor Swift’s “Our Song.” (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)

GLANDORF — You never know where the next big talent will be discovered, and it may have been at the Glandorf Elementary Arts Festival.

Elementary student Allison Schroeder played the guitar while singing country music star Taylor Swift’s “Our Song.” Allison and her mother attended a Swift concert in Columbus two summers ago, which gave the sixth grader the moxie to master the guitar. She has been taking lessons from her aunt, Katie Schroeder, for the past year. Allison also plays the piano and the trumpet.

The festival was Allison’s first public performance on guitar.

“I’m a little nervous,” she admitted, prior to her debut.

Principal Scott Ketner said the festival, which combined a display of Art Teacher Stan Myers’ first through fifth graders’ artworks with musical performances by the fifth and sixth grade students, originated about 13 years ago.

“The crowds were so big at our Christmas program,” Ketner related, “We had to do something.”

The school then decided the best alternative was to hold a late winter/early spring festival for the upper elementary grades.

Music teacher Ann Cramer said each year, she selects a new theme for the concert. This year’s theme was “Rhythm of Life.” Performances included “Clean Sweep,” a number executed with brooms, and “Sonata for Seven Rulers,” which featured yard sticks.

“The basis is rhythm. There is not much singing,” she remarked. “Rhythm is everywhere in our lives, even in sports.”

“There is much talent from this age group,” Cramer described. “ They are still fearless; they love to perform.”

In conjunction with the arts festival, the school also held a book fair. Proceeds will be used to purchase new library books.

Much to everyone’s delight, the PTO served freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies and punch in the cafeteria.

And young Miss Schroeder? Her performance would have made Taylor Swift proud.