Select choir members participate in All-Conference concert

Select choir members participate in All-Conference concert

“We talked about who we felt has the best musical skills to keep up with what goes on at all-conference. We also picked people for good leadership, musicianship, and who we knew would enjoy the process [of participating in all-conference choir],” said Mrs. Stockhaus.

David Nelson, Staff Writer

Among 130 other students, twelve choir members representing BSM traveled to Chisago Lakes High School on Monday, Jan. 30 to partake in the North Suburban All-Conference choir. Choir students from around the Twin Cities were recognized and invited to participate in this all-day rehearsal and concert.

Because choir directors Mrs. Stockhaus and Mr. Lantz could not bring every member of the BSM choir on the trip, the two had to make the difficult decision of which 12 students to take. “We talked about who we felt has the best musical skills to keep up with what goes on at all-conference. We also picked people for good leadership, musicianship, and who we knew would enjoy the process [of participating in all-conference choir],” said Mrs. Stockhaus.

The strenuous rehearsal leading up to the concert required acute focus and the ability to learn music quickly. The choir members gave up their whole day, as they attended a six-hour choir practice beginning at nine that morning on Friday, and ended with a concert the following Monday. “The process was very long and tiring, but it was definitely worth it,” said junior Gavin McLain.

The day was beneficial to most, as the practice included new pieces of music to learn, as well as techniques the singers could use to develop their skill. “I think I’ve come out as a better singer because of it. I’m more confident in my abilities because of that grueling day of practice,” said senior Carter McNew.

Kathy Romey, who is also the Director of Choral Activites at the University of Minnesota, was chosen to direct this year’s all-conference choir by the Chisago Lakes High School arts department. “The instructor was very strict, but she knew what she was talking about,” said McLain.

After the gruelling schedule of the day, the choir’s effort finally paid off when they were able to showcase their talent at the concert. “The coming together of the whole choir and band––it was beautiful. The choir sang ‘Down to the River to Pray’ in a circle around the theater, [and] it was amazing,” said Mrs. Stockhaus.

Because each singer had such a positive experience at the concert, those who are not seniors this year hope to be able to participate again next year. “I felt a sense of accomplishment [after the concert], that all the hard work in choir finally paid off,” said McNew.