Cham­ber Singers to share mu­si­cal gift on Mother’s Day

Southwest Booster - - ENTERTAINMENT -

As a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, the Swift Cur­rent Comp Cham­ber Singers will be per­form­ing at the Zion Men­non­ite Church on May 10 at 7 p.m.

The Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School Cham­ber Singers, di­rected by Mar­cia McLean, is an au­di­tioned en­sem­ble which prac­tises only one hour per week. How­ever, all the singers at­tend weekly stu­dentsec­tion­als and also sing in the larger con­cert choir. Many of th­ese stu­dents also play in­stru­ments in the se­nior wind or­ches­tra and se­nior jazz band. There is no doubt that their strong mu­si­cian­ship is due in part to the singers’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the SCCHS band pro­gram, in­structed by Greg McLean.

The Comp Cham­ber Singers per­form ex­ten­sively within the com­mu­nity and travel to var­i­ous fes­ti­vals dur­ing the school year. This year the choir has been in­vited, for a third time, to per­form a “Show­case” con­cert for the Rocky Moun­tain Fes­ti­val. Other sig­nif­i­cant per­for­mances in­clude the open­ing of the Saskatchewan Leg­is­la­ture in 2007. As well, that year, they trav­eled to St. John’s, New­found­land, where they per­formed in Fes­ti­val 500, a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional choir fes­ti­val.

The choir has won Saskatchewan Mu­sic Fes­ti­val pro­vin­cial awards and has per­formed for dig­ni­taries such as Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Adri­enne Clark­son, Saskatchewan’s Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nors Linda Haver­stock and Jack Wiebe, and Premier Lorne Calvert. The Cham­ber Singers have sung at Mu­sicFest Canada, where they re­ceived a gold rat­ing in 2005 and 2002, and have per­formed in the Colorado Her­itage Fes­ti­val where they re­ceived the “Ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s Choice” and “Out­stand­ing Choir” awards.

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