Festival Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Tirzah Gerber, is a curricular class open to all 7th and 8th graders. It is one of several fine arts classes available to students to fulfill their junior high fine arts requirements. Students are introduced to the basics of singing technique and choral singing. They study a wide range of choral literature including classical, gospel, Christian contemporary, Broadway, and pop. They perform three evening concerts a year. They have also performed at the Mall of America, Trills & Thrills Festival, Minnesota Music Educators Middle Level Festival, Farmstead Assisted Living Home, and Champlin Shores Assisted Living Home.
Concert Choir, under the direction of Mr. Rolly Rudzitis, is a curricular class open to 9th-12th graders. Students are encouraged to further develop their singing technique as individuals and as a choir. They are also introduced to the use of solfege as a sight reading technique and review the basics of reading and writing music. They study a wide range of choral literature including classical, gospel, Christian contemporary, Broadway, and pop.
Concert Choir performs three evening concerts a year. They participate in Large Group Contest on an annual basis. Over the last four years, they have received high marks from judges with Superior ratings three out of the four years. Judges have made comments such as, “you sing very musically;” “great sensitivity to the text;” “stylistically authentic;” and “a commendable job by all singers.”
Besides on-campus concerts and Large Group Contest, Concert Choir has performed at the Mall of America, the Trills & Thrills Festival, the City Center Atrium, and several local churches. Biannually, Concert Choir takes their music “on the road” for Choir Tour. They have toured to such locations as Chicago, Boston, and St. Louis. While on tour, they perform at Christian schools, churches, assisted living homes, as well as public places like Chicago’s Union Station. Tour is always the highlight of a student’s experience in our choral program.