Chamber Singers to share musical gift on Mother’s Day
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.