by Jim Boyle
Students in K–12 across the Elk River Area School District are invited to participate in a free, one-day festival Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Zabee Theater at Elk River High School.
The festival, which has been dubbed “Sing Out: Let Your Voice be Heard,” is being co-hosted by the Land of Lakes Choirboys and the Command Performance Choirs, and sponsored by the Elk River Area School District.
The festival will be a day of choral experiences for kids in the Elk River Area School District. It is free thanks to a grant from the Three Rivers Community Foundation.
It will start at 9 a.m. and conclude with an hour-long concert open to the public at 5 p.m.
Interested singers can register online at: singoutmn.org. They are asked to do that by Oct. 1.
“We’re all looking to grow,” said Eileen Bowersox of Command Performance Choirs.
Bowersox says the Elk River festival is patterned after an annual event in the St. Cloud area.
That one is called the SCSU Cantabile Girls Choir and The St. John’s Boys Choir’s annual choral festival, where students gather together for a day of making good music and good friends.
It is the vision of Land of Lakes Choirboys and the Command Performance Choirs to offer the exact same thing in this area. In addition, this festival is being co-sponsored by the Elk River Area School District.
“Research supports this program by reminding us those students who participate in outside arts experiences are more likely to participate in in-school arts programs than their counterparts (Burton, Horowitz, & Abeles, 1998),” the SingOut’s website states.
Command Performance Choir is a premier choir organization that makes its home in Elk River. They offer six different choirs serving girls from kindergarten through 12th grade, and post-voice-change young men, generally around ages 14 and up.
Since its modest beginnings in 1995, the members of Command Performance Choirs have had the opportunity to compete in national competitions, winning silver and gold, perform at the U.S. Embassy in England and even perform with Mickey Mouse at Disney World.
Command Performance Choir teaches classical choral music through theater pieces using choreography. From Schubert’s Mass to “Phantom of the Opera,” choir members learn a full spectrum of skills in musical performance.
Studies show that music enriches the lives of young people, improving school performance and social skills, among other things, and they take great pride in helping to bring the joy of music to your child and through them, the community.
Land of Lakes Choirboys
The Land of Lakes Choirboys has been performing since 1976. As the choir has traveled through all contiguous states, Hawaii, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand, its reputation has grown to receive international acclaim including a Trebby Award for Best Boy Choir Recording of 2004, Grand Champion of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Festivals in 2006, and two Silver Medals at the 2008 World Choir Games in Graz, Austria.
The Land of Lakes Choirboys works with each of its choristers to help them develop their musical and leadership skills that will last a lifetime, helping them to become contributors to society. They strive to develop boys through the discipline of music. Music is a gift within us. We all have a voice needing to be heard.
The Land of Lakes Choirboys has adopted the Voice for Life program as their training curriculum. With several qualified staff members to teach in the areas of using the voice well, musical skills and understanding, repertoire, belonging to the choir, and manners and behavior, the choristers receive a music education that empowers them to develop their skills.