The Colorado Children’s Chorale and Sphere Ensemble performed original songs of nearly 60 students from the Davinci Center for Creative Arts, Sunday, January 25th at the Broomfield Auditorium. Concert Choir was honored to sing a song, written by Chorale Alumna Cynthia Wright, during this first annual Creations Concert.
Below are her thoughts on the experience:
The audience remains silent as the first notes slide out of the piano and the choir begins to sing. After composing this song, practicing, editing and finally having it performed, especially by the Colorado Children’s Chorale, was pure magic for me. A year earlier, I was given the task of improvising a simple chord progression and writing it out for my piano lessons. The song was nothing fancy, but I felt it was rather catchy. Over the next few months I played it whenever possible and it formed bit by bit to have a harmony.
When my piano teacher, Maria Jyllian, shared her vision for the Creations Concert, I thought I would be playing the composition in front of other students or hearing it played by a small ensemble. Last October, details for the concert were coming together and Maria asked that I write lyrics for my piece. I rediscovered a poem I had written about nature waking up and rejoicing for the new day. With a few tweaks, I managed to fit the lyrics with the song, which also provided a title for the piece, Night Turns to Dawn.
I was excited to learn that the Colorado Children’s Chorale would be performing my music. As an alumni, I work as a graduate assistant at the Chorale’s rehearsals. One Tuesday afternoon, I heard them rehearsing my song for the first time. It was not entirely correct or perfect, as on any first try, but it sounded quite promising.
Nearly three weeks later, the Concert Choir sang Night Turns To Dawn effortlessly and with classic beaming faces. It was so fulfilling to think of how a few messy scribbled notes became something for which I am quite proud.
Cynthia Wright is a 2013 graduate of the Colorado Children’s Chorale and is a sophomore at D’Evelyn High School.