Choir students among bestPublished 1:14pm Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Five Fergus Falls choir students are heading to Minneapolis Thursday to take part in a choir performance featuring Minnesota’s best.
The students were chosen to lend their voices to the 9th and 10th grade Minnesota Honors Choir after submitting solo demo CDs featuring themselves. After word came that they were the chosen few, students began to gather every Monday after school for rehearsal.
While Fergus Falls usually has a few students chosen each year, choir director Michelle Danielson says it’s quite the honor to send five kids down to the event.
“I was thrilled to have five kids from Fergus Falls,” she said. “It’s a good representation of our town to send these kids.”
The students will arrive at the Central Lutheran Cathedral at 8 a.m., where they will be introduced for the first time to students from around the state who they will perform with that night.
“I’m really excited to see how many people are going to be in it,” said student Sarah Bowman.
From the time students are introduced to one another, they’ll have the next seven hours to rehearse and smooth over their performance before the big show at 5 p.m.
Students were given the whole concert’s worth of music upon acceptance into the choir, and have been working on the music during their weekly rehearsals. But they will still have to deal with choir dynamics and performing with a much larger group.
In addition to having the opportunity to perform with the state’s best choir students, Fergus Falls participants will also be under the direction of one of the state’s top conductors. Dr. Angela Broeker, director of Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas, will lead the group.