It seems like we hardly got started and now it’s officially over. Summer, that is.
While I personally managed to squeeze in a weeklong vacation with my family, I feel like we should have at least another 30 or even 60 days of playing in the sun before we have to go back to the routine of the school year – classes, homework, Chorale rehearsals, fall sports schedules. You get the idea.
Yet, when looking at it from an accomplishment perspective, we here at the Colorado Children’s Chorale really got A LOT done over the summer. With less than two weeks before weekly Chorale rehearsals officially begin with Tour Choir (Monday, August 29 from 4:15pm-6:15pm at the LDS church, in case you haven’t looked at your Tour Choir Critical Dates memo lately), we plan to make every free minute between now and then count!
In the meantime, here’s our official back-to-school report on what we did during our summer vacation, unofficially titled “How much can one organization accomplish in 90 days?”
May 31 – August 7: Sixteen members of the Colorado Children’s Chorale (and accompanying staff) accumulated more than 1,100 hours in rehearsals or performances of Carmen and Gianni Schicchi with Central City Opera. They also logged 2,940 miles traveling back and forth between Denver and Central City.
June 2: 2010-11 Tour Choir presented its final performance of the season at the Arvada Center Centerfest.
June 5-11: 2011-12 Tour Choir spent a week in residency in Vail, Colo. learning repertoire for the upcoming season and practicing workshop skills with 40+ Vail Valley and Summit County children who attended a free 3-day performance skills workshop. The week culminated in a concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Saturday, June 11.
June 14 – July 19: Auditions for new Colorado Children’s Chorale members were held at the Chorale offices. We were excited to send letters of acceptance in late July to more than 100 new members of Prep and Apprentice choirs.
June 17: Chorale day at the Colorado Rockies was an evening of great fun – the Rockies won 13-6 against the Detroit Tigers, too!
June 20-24: Associate Conductor and Director of Education Programs, Emily Crile offered the Chorale’s annual weeklong performance skills workshop at the Arvada Center for children ages 7-12.
June 27: The 2nd annual Chorale Golf Classic tournament was held at the Country Club at Castle Pines. Special thanks to Steve Strachan, Penny and Fritz Trask, AMG National Trust Bank, Stephens Energy, and Lori and Shawn Reed. Watch for details on the 2012 Chorale Golf Classic later this year.
June 25 and 29 and July 6, 8, 9, 10, 14 and 16: We were just getting started with Carmen and Gianni Schicchi performances.
July 16: Tour Choir went back up to Vail and the Ford Amphitheater, this time to perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus in Carmina Burana.
July 18: Tour Choir members performed at the inauguration of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
July 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30 and 31: Did we mention that 16 Chorale members were performing in Central City Opera productions of Carmen and Gianni Schicchi this summer? July was a BUSY month!
August 1: The Chorale officially announced its updated website at www.childrenschorale.org.
August 3, 5 and 7: FINAL Carmen and Gianni Schicchi performances. HUGE thanks go to the performers, their parents and the Chorale staff for all their work: rehearsals, droving to and from Central City, arranging buses and schedules, and singing their hearts out – all with smiles on their faces.
Which brings us to today. An “ordinary” mid-August summer day. It’s a day that doesn’t have even one rehearsal or performance or audition or event scheduled. A day to sit back, relax (just a little bit), and get ready for the new Chorale season. Christmas IS just around the corner, you know.Up next: Italia Bella Notte on Friday, August 26. The theme for our 3rd annual Chorale staff dinner is Italian cuisine as we prepare for the June 2012 Alta Pusteria Festival in Italy. If you are interested in supporting the Chorale by attending this year’s dinner, contact Cheryl Shoemaker via e-mail or call 303.892.5600 x113.