With A Voice of Singing

Are you ready to be moved? Inspired? Engaged? Celebrate and witness the power and joy of singing on Saturday, May 7 at the Ontario Christian High School Choral Festival (OCHSCF).  For the fourth consecutive year, the HDCH Choir will be attending the OCHSCF, but this year is extra special. 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the festival and will provide a heightened experience for participants by creating a two-day overnight event at Redeemer University in Ancaster, ON. The event will introduce exceptional conductors and clinicians for all choirs to learn from, and will include a service opportunity.

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“I’m really excited for this years Choral Festival. I’m excited about the fact that it’s a sleepover and we get to know one another better. I’m looking forward to singing the mass pieces and how the different voice types blend together. I’m excited to get to know the people in my section both in my school and outside of my school. “ – Emma Wiebe, grade 12

“Being a part of the choral festival last year was a wonderful experience. Learning from the clinicians and guest conductors was both enjoyable and interesting, but I believe my favourite part was hearing all of the other choirs perform and being able to sing with them. I love singing with HD’s choir every week at our practice, but there is something about singing with other Christian school choirs that is even more exciting. Being inspired by other singers and being able to inspire them is truly a blessing. I look forward to the festival again this year and the opportunity that it provides to praise God with other musicians all over Ontario!” – Kyra Schat, grade 10

CHORAL2 (2)Choral2Under the direction of Mrs. Konstanty, HDCH we will be organizing this singing festival for seven Christian high schools in Ontario – and we want you to be at our final concert! With the enthusiastic and diligent help of Jacoba Buist, the music leadership student, we are creating a choral festival that will resound with messages of joy, praise, and learning. Throughout the two days all choirs will participate in mass choir rehearsals (pieces will be performed in the final concert), adjudications from guest conductors Karen Burke and Brenda Uchimaru, clinics in choral improvisation and vocal production with Dr. Gerard Yun and Jen Moir, a service venture into Hamilton on Saturday morning, and a final concert on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 pm at Redeemer University ($10/adult, $5/student, $25/family). Please join us for this night of celebration and share in the work, passion, and love of singing with over 250 teenage singers.

“Choral festival is one of the things I look forward to all year in choir for several reasons. I feel like our HDCH choir gets to know one another, we get separated from our specific grades and mesh into this great singing army. The singing is everywhere, and not only on stage, on the busses, just jamming out before dinner singing “Pompeii”, or humming random veggie tales tunes. We get to know other choirs as well from around Ontario, we take our love for singing and merge with others over our love for singing, one of the most amazing things is standing there and belting out lyrics simultaneously with 200 others. Choral festival is a great, exhausting, rewarding experience that I would recommend to any other singer.” – Lesley DeBoer, grade 11

If you have any questions concerning the event, please contact Kasia Konstanty at kkonstanty@hdch.org. You can also visit our website for more information at: www.hdch.org/events

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Kasia Konstanty
Music Teacher

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