It was a chance to perform in a musical festival while receiving
valuable feedback without the pressure of competition.
This year, Fort Richmond
Collegiate, Shaftesbury High School and Whyte Ridge School took part in ChoralFest, an
annual provincial music festival.
“Some of our students have only been
singing since September, so it’s important to me that they feel supported and
are encouraged to keep singing,” shared Director of the FRC Choral Program, Becki Thiessen.
FRC’s choir has 100 members who rehearse three to six
hours per week. Interest in singing and participating in ChoralFest has been
steady throughout the past number of years.
“They’re now using a pod system at the
festival, which is three choirs that each sing three songs for each other,
followed by separate adjudications. We all love to hear other high school
choirs from around the city/province and it is such a good learning
opportunity. This year’s performances were a wonderful demonstration of the FRC
students’ hard work and dedication to making good choral music. I
am really proud of my students.”
Congratulations to all Pembina Trails schools that
participated in ChoralFest.