Brainerd High School senior Patrick Freeman made the BHS A Cappella Choir list as a junior and was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week.
Freeman was involved in the high school's all boys' choir, called Bards Choir, as a sophomore. At the end of the year the high school posts a list of who qualified to be in a cappella choir.
"When they posted the list I didn't see my name on the list and I felt odd because I didn't make it," said Freeman. "But I was posted in a different section. ... I was stunned."
Art focus: BHS A Cappella Choir
Art activities: a cappella choir, debate and public speaking
Favorite subjects: a cappella choir, art history and English
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Going to Norway with the choir
Artist most admired: Frank Lloyd Wright
Favorite movie: "Chasing Amy"
Favorite TV program: "Family Guy"
Favorite song: "All Along the Watchtower"
Parents: James and Nancy Freeman of Brainerd
Freeman sang tenor one in Bards Choir and was listed as a tenor two in a cappella choir. Tenor two is a lower tone than tenor one.
Of the 72 students in a cappella choir, Freeman said he was incredibly surprised to be named Fine Arts Student of the Week because many students in the choir are worthy of the honor.
"I like working on the music," said Freeman. "It's fun to be in there (a cappella choir) because the students are musically inclined and all sound good."
Freeman is secretary/treasurer of the choir and has been a two-year member of Windfall. He earned a superior rating at the regional solo and ensemble contest last year.
Currently the choir is working on its Christmas concert, which will be in early December.
At the concert, Freeman will perform a few songs with Windfall and with a quintet. He said students in Windfall will practice for two hours Monday night and one hour Thursday morning. The quintet will practice whenever it can. Freeman, who also plays piano, said every now and then he will practice at home.
The choir goes on a trip every year during spring break. This year the choir will travel to the Twin Cities area. Last year the choir went to Norway. He said the choir alternates its larger and shorter trips every year.
Freeman will never forget the trip to Norway. He said the choir really came together when it sang in the cathedrals and churches.
Freeman plans to attend college after high school, majoring in bio-chemistry or political science. He may attend the University of Notre Dame or Duke University.
Chris Miller, senior, Fifth Street Journal: Miller's Fifth Street Journal adviser said, "Chris has been a dedicated, enthusiastic reporter for the Fifth Street Journal. He is always one of the first students to get his work done and he is very helpful to other students."
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