ISU Children’s Chorus to present annual spring concert April 27
The final spring concert for the ISU Children’s Chorus will be presented on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. in Goranson Hall in the Fine Arts Building on the ISU Campus.
The concert will be directed by long-time and beloved conductor for the past ten years and ISU Music Alumni, Sarah Davids. The talented Julie Taylor is the cherished concert accompanist and has been with the choir for ten years as well.
The Childrens Chorus and the Select Choir (which is a smaller auditioned group from the larger choir) will represent an amazing array of quality choral literature for children’s voices and a beautiful display of songs that will not only lift your soul with glorious melodies but also with the content of the lyrics that emphasize love, dreams, unity, faith, praise, and celebration. These pieces have been a great source of education for the children singing them as well as for those who will hear their message.
The repertoire for the Chorus includes the Latin song, Festival Sanctus by John Leavitt, The Poet Sings by Z. Randall Stroope, as well as multi-cultural pieces Ili, Ili Tolog Anay (a Visayan language from the Philippine Islands,) with guest violinist Madi Folkman, teacher at Holy Spirit Catholic School.
Also in African, Sisi Ni Moja (We Are One) by Jacob Narverud and guest percussionist, Jason Moore. The set is rounded out by a Latin-American favorite, Cantar by Jay Alhouse, A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman with soloists April Darrow, Jude Davids and Ammon Bitton, and a rousing finale of Top Secret Personal Beeswax from the musical Junie B. Jones, based on a favorite children’s literature classic series!
The Select Choir will perform Z. Randall Stroope’s Psalm 23 highlighting guest flautist Elizabeth Bolinger, ISU Music Alumni and former ISU Children’s Chorus member, as well as current teacher at Grace Lutheran School, along with oboist and ISU Music student, Hailey Dawson.
The Select Choir will also sing When You Believe with soloists Allie Bitton, Ella Nielson, Mariah George, Emma Eggleston and Alyssa Torngren. They will round out their set with Joyful, Joyful from Sister Act II and feature soloists Dru Brower, Amelia Goretsky, Abby Bowman, Joselyn Dye, and Abigail Jorgensen.
Traditionally, the choir holds auditions for Independent Solos for each semester. Those students chosen to perform their pieces are soloists Shawn Peterson, Joselyn Dye, Kaya Higbee, and Duet- Abby Bowman and Alyssa Torngren, Trio- Mariah, Elaine and Sally George, and Trio- Emma and Maddie Daniels and Sarah Garvin!
There will be a special presentation for outgoing 8th graders Abby Bowman, Alyssa Torngren, Jada Lish, Shawn Peterson, Savannah Barnes and Abigail Jorgensen.
The Chorus is an auditioned group of students in grades 3 through 8 from the Pocatello, Chubbuck and Marsh Valley areas. Students wishing to audition for next year’s choir can email Mrs. Davids at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. Auditions will be held starting May 22.
The choir has been excited to have Rian Bree Pickard, ISU Music student, assisting Mrs. Davids this past year and wish to thank her for her valuable help.
The concert is free of charge and the public is invited.