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Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus director Taylor Gudbrandson says she will carry one primary lesson of the COVID-19 into the future: the chorus is more than a music program; it is a community much like a family. Even without in-person rehearsals, the ties between the choristers have grown as they prepare group and solo pieces for concerts to share online. The most recent is the holiday cabaret "Messages of Hope and Joy," which can be streamed through Jan 31.

Gudbrandson shares specifics on some of the challenges facing the choir in 2021, including a shortfall in funds which they hope to offset with a fund drive ending in March. Donations can be made at the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus website.

The choristers of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, ages 7 - 17, have made Zoom their new practice room since early September, says director Taylor Gudbrandson. The work of forging personal connections through music development has continued, even with muted screens and on-screen cameos by a pet chinchilla. 

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

Taylor Gudbrandson, the newly-appointed artistic/executive director of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, speaks with Cara Lieurance about her new role and her goals for the 40 year-old organization, which nurtures young singers from elementary through high school with different choirs for several singing levels. She recalls participating in the Chorus while still in high school, and how it offered the stability and artistic challenge she wasn't getting from her school choir. Gudbrandson also pays tribute to Fred Sang, who retired as artistic/executive director in July.

Cara Lieurance talks with Fred Sang, the long-time artistic director of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus and conductor of the Touring Choir. After a weekend performing with a production of The Nutcracker ballet, the young singers will be part of a Kalamazoo Symphony holiday concert on Dec 13, and then host their own holiday concert at 3 pm, Sunday, Dec 15 in Chenery Auditorium.

This is the last season for Fred Sang, who will step down as artistic director in the spring. Sang shares some of his favorite memories from his time with the chorus, which offers young people the opportunity to sing at a variety of levels. Sang also discusses the newly formed Coro de Ninos, a choir for children for whom Spanish is their first language.

The Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, three opera soloists and the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will unite to perform the improbably popular Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff, on Sunday, April 28 at 4 pm in Chenery Auditorium. This 1937 cantata survived an early association with Nazi Germany to become a universal celebration of spring, life, love, and the inexorable turning of the wheel of fate, expressed in poetry by anonymous monks-in-training in the 12th and early 13th centuries.

Who was Carl Orff? Andrew Koehler, who prepared the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony and will conduct the performance, explains the way the composer's different interests coalesced into his biggest success. Kalamazoo Bach Festival artistic director Chris Ludwa explains the parts played by the soloists and chorus, and Darlene Sang says the children in the Treble Choir have worked hard on the different languages and will be amazed when the final rehearsals bring together over 125 people to perform the piece.