PEQUOT LAKES -- Are you a bit nostalgic for your high school choir days?
Then Karen Jacobson is looking for you.
Jacobson, choir director at Pequot Lakes School, is seeking community members to join the new Pequot Lakes School Community Choir.
On April 24, Jacobson's school choirs, made up of fifth-graders to high school seniors, will present a mass choir concert titled, "I Dream A World." A special addition will include the introduction of the school community choir.
The adult choir will perform musical pieces alone as well as with students. Choirs performing at the mass choir concert include the fifth- and sixth-grade choirs, middle level girls' and boys' choirs and the high school concert choir. One musical combination may include female adult members singing with the girls' choirs.
The concert itself will involve about 275 vocalists.
Jacobson said her students benefit in many ways by singing with adults. Just by participating in the concert and attending rehearsals shows students how the community supports them, the school and the school choir program, said Jacobson. The students' vocal abilities also benefit from the intergenerational interaction.
"It's going to give them a feel of what it's like to sing with more mature voices," she said. "It gives them a different experience."
Jacobson said a few years ago she developed a parent choir, but this school community choir is open to anyone. Even if it's been awhile since you're performed, Jacobson said you're welcome to join the choir.
"That's fine," she said. "I'm a music teacher. Come on in. I like to see them supporting their children by example, by saying, 'Let me do it with you.' It's exciting. I've gotten very positive feedback so far."
Anyone interested in joining the school community choir may attend the choir's first rehearsal at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Pequot Lakes High School choir room. Rehearsal dates will be posted on the school calendar that can be found on the school Web site, pequotlakes.k12.mn.us. Rehearsals will be once a week until the April 24th performance, although it doesn't mean that choir members will have to attend every rehearsal if they can't make it.
Jacobson said this will likely be a one-time performance by the Pequot Lakes School Community Choir.
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