From Feb. 24-27, some 800 choral directors from across the Southwest came to Denver.
They came to learn more about conducting, about vocal technique, to hear new music and much more. The event was a conference for the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA), which includes Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
The convention was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver. Included in the three-day event are performances by choirs from across those seven states. More than 75 choirs from across the SWACDA region auditioned and only 16 were chosen to perform.
One of those choirs was the Colorado Children’s Chorale’s Tour Choir, which sang a seven-song set.
“It was an honor to be selected to perform for this conference, and an indescribable privilege to stand in front of 70 extraordinary Tour Choir members,” said Debbie DeSantis. “They commit to everything they do, on and off the stage. I am enormously proud of each and every one of these young ladies and gentlemen.”
The group sang “A Prayer” and “Waters Still Flow,” two of the three movements from Faith, Hope, and Laughter, composed by Stephen Paulus. The work was commissioned by the Chorale to celebrate the life of Melissa Willim Trask, a friend of the CCC who passed away in 2007. Tour Choir also sang “Witness,” a work composed by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. The CCC was part of a joint commission on the piece.
Also included in the set was “Isn’t that Something?” “Breadbaking,” and “Wie melodien zieht es mir.” Tour Choir ended their performance with some singing and dancing, concluding with “Swingin’ with the Saints.”
“They were wonderful and fresh and beautiful. As they always are,” said Colorado ACDA President Sidney Poppe.
Here are some photos of Tour Choir rehearsing in the morning before their performance: