MARSHALL - The Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir will compete in the annual Choirs of Note Minnesota Invitational Choral Festival and Competition May 1-3 in Marshall. The choir earned first place at last year's inaugural event.
High school choirs will compete for prizes from the Dale Warland Choral Scholarship Fund. Schools are guaranteed at least $2,000, and the top-rated choir will be awarded $10,000.
BHS will compete against high school choirs from Alexandria (Jefferson High School), Marshall, Woodbury and Worthington. BHS received an automatic invitation based on its first-place finish in 2007, and the other schools earned invitation through auditions.
"Choirs of Note is so comprehensive, my students get valuable feedback from nationally recognized conductors, and then get to hear other choirs from around the state as well," BHS choir director Brian Stubbs said.
More information on Choirs of Note is available at www.choirsofnote.org. Information on tickets to the May 3 concert will be available next month through BHS.
Nisswa violinist advances to national finals
NISSWA - Rebecca Yeh, Nisswa, will travel in March to Denver to compete as a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings Competition.
Rebecca, the daughter of Kathy and Tim Yeh, won the junior division of the United States West Central Junior Strings Competition Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
A ninth-grader at Brainerd High School, Rebecca has been studying violin for 10 years and is a student of Grant Wilcox of Brainerd and Sally O'Reilly of Minneapolis. She won the 2006 Heartland Symphony Young Artist Concerto competition, took third place at the 2006 St. Paul Chamber Orchestra competition, took second place at the 2007 Minnesota Sinfonia competition and was named concertmaster of the 2007 Minnesota Mid-levels (grades 7-9) Honors Orchestra.
The National Junior Strings Competition will be March 29 during the MTNA National Conference. Seven national finalists will compete, and the winner will receive a cash prize and a chance to perform during the conference.
Fundraiser concert slated
The Shelter Concert - featuring praise and worship music by the Lord of Life Band and the church bands from Lakewood and Journey North - will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Franklin Arts Center Theatre in Brainerd.
A free-will offering will be taken. Proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which coordinates housing and meals for homeless families in the Brainerd lakes area.
'Greek God of Guitar' to perform in Staples
STAPLES - Pavlo, known as the "Greek God of Guitar," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.
Advance tickets, priced at $12 for adults and $6 for students, are available at (218) 894-5416 or (800) 213-6877. At the door, tickets are $15 and $7.
Pavlo, from Canada, performs a mix of flamenco, folk and classical with Greek and Latin influences. He has toured internationally with his band and will film a public television special the week before the Staples show.
Stacey won't perform
ONAMIA - Phil Stacey, originally scheduled to appear in the Winter Dance Bash on Feb. 16 at Grand Casino Mille Lacs, has canceled due to scheduling conflicts.
Sawyer Brown, Chris Young, Rissi Palmer and Carolyn Dawn Johnson will perform as planned.
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