ST. ANSGAR | The St. Ansgar High School Vocal Music Department has had a busy spring semester.
To begin the semester, eight students were nominated and accepted into the 2017 Meistersinger Honor Choir held at Wartburg College, in Waverly. These students spent two days refining their singing skills, connecting with other singers from across the region, and then presenting a finale concert on January 23.
The finale concert featured the music of prominent composer Jake Runestad, who was also a guest clinician for the honor choir. The students who were accepted into this honor choir included two sophomores, four juniors and two seniors. They were Gabby Finberg, Bryan Schmidt, Maggi Steele, Aaron Powers, Brianna Hildebrand, Mitchell Smith, Paige Smith and Joel Carlson.
On March 3, the Concert Choir went on a one-day, run out tour of Minneapolis. The Saints Music Supporters supplied the choir with a charter bus and The Cider Tree fed the students in the morning before boarding the bus. The group arrived at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis to participate in a clinic with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Director of Choral Ministries.
Tesfa informed the students they were the first choir to take part in a series he was launching for choirs who travel to Westminster. Choirs have the opportunity to clinic with him as well as sing in a variety of spaces the parish has to offer.
St. Ansgar Choir Director Zach Carlson said, âTesfa energized the students and made us all laugh.â
Next, the choir traveled a short distance to The Basilica of St. Mary where they took a guided tour before singing two numbers. Students experienced first hand how important singing in an acoustically appropriate and rich space can be, how it impacts musicianship and what it does to the sound of the choir.
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