Springville High Cham­ber Singers join Alex Boyé in tele­vised con­cert

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The Springville High School Cham­ber Singers joined Tim Ja­nis with spe­cial guests Dal­lyn Vail Bayles, Alex Boyé, GENTRI and teen vi­o­lin­ist Karen Lela Ferry on KBYU-TV Chan­nel 11 for “Cel­e­brate Amer­ica!” Springville High School has now joined the ranks of more than 40,000 of the na­tion’s most out­stand­ing young per­form­ers who have par­tic­i­pated in this unique pub­lic tele­vi­sion project.

“‘Cel­e­brate Amer­ica’ is a na­tional pro­gram de­signed to give our na­tion’s youth a life-en­hanc­ing op­por­tu­nity by show­cas­ing their choirs on pub­lic tele­vi­sion,” Ja­nis said. The pro­duc­tion and film­ing of this event was made pos­si­ble through both the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of KBYU Eleven, mu­sic ed­u­ca­tors and Tim Ja­nis.

The spe­cial fea­tur­ing the Springville High School Cham­ber Singers aired on KBYU Eleven on March 11 and 19.

“Con­tribut­ing to com­mu­nity through the arts has al­ways been a big part of pub­lic tele­vi­sion’s con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity,” Ja­nis said. “I am gen­uinely over­whelmed by the in­cred­i­ble ta­lent and pro­fes­sion­al­ism each mu­sic ed­u­ca­tor brought to the ta­ble. The stu­dents (at) Springville High School demon­strated tremen­dous ded­i­ca­tion in the prepa­ra­tion of their per­for­mance. They’re an un­de­ni­able mu­si­cal force and a shin­ing ex­am­ple of the com­mit­ment of today’s youth when en­cour­aged to pur­sue the arts.”

In the fall of 2015, 13 high school choirs were se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the tele­vised se­ries “Cel­e­brate Amer­ica!” from around the area. The Springville High School Cham­ber Singers, un­der the di­rec­tion of Les­lie Walker, elected to

sing back-up for Utah vo­cal­ist Alex Boyé, per­form­ing “Way­far­ing Stranger” in the “Cel­e­brate Amer­ica!” pro­gram.

Ja­nis said, “Pub­lic tele­vi­sion is an in­valu­able re­source for stay­ing con­nected to lo­cal pro­grams and the com­mu­nity. KBYU pro­gram­ming helps to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether.” Tim Ja­nis is re­spected and well-known for the work he de­fines as “Mu­sic of Hope.” His ca­reer has ex­tra­or­di­nary and in­spir­ing high­lights which in­clude pro­duc­ing and sup­port­ing many phil­an­thropic projects with artists such as Sir Paul McCart­ney, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, An­dre Previn, and The New York Phil­har­monic. Ad­di­tion­ally, Tim has pro­duced fundrais­ing pro­grams for PBS along with Ge­orge Clooney and James Earl Jones. Cur­rent projects in­clude di­rect­ing his new mu­si­cal film “But­tons,” nar­rated by Kate Winslet and star­ring Dick Van Dyke, Jane Sey­mour, Ioan Gruf­fudd, Charles Shaugh­nessy and Katie McGrath, and in­tro­duc­ing 11-year-old Alivia Clark and 15-year-old Devlin Stark.

The Springville High School Cham­ber Singers sing backup for vo­cal artist Alex Boyé dur­ing “Cel­e­brate Amer­ica!” The pro­gram was a pub­lic tele­vi­sion project that aired dur­ing March on KBYU Eleven.

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