The Courier | www.the-courier.orgMay 2017
Choirs achieve excellence during the season Char Provost
SFHS Choir Boosters
Our community is proud of the long heritage of strong choral programs in our schools and this most recent school year is no exception. The St. Francis High School (SFHS) choirs, under the direction of Lukas Warren, has grown to over 350 students. Through his leadership, talent and vision, students are participating in seven different high school choirs. We are fortunate to have opportunities for all students to make connections through music. Beyond the vocal excellence, our students gain skills and experiences that last a lifetime by learning stage presence, confidence, team work and the importance of giving back to our community. The sell-out crowds this past year have energized our students, reinforced the appreciation of their hard work and continued to build our community. The seven choral programs offered to SFHS students include two freshman choruses, mixed choir, Bel Canto, concert choir, two premier showchoirs— Prima Voce and Bridge Street Singers and our Madrigal Singers.
■ The freshman chorus is divided into two groups, based on gender, to develop basic skills unique to their strengths as young musicians. The girl’s chorus is under direction of Warren and the boy’s chorus is under the direction of Ben Beaupre, SFHS choir teacher. • The mixed choir is under the direction of Warren and builds talent as students are advancing on their journey as musical performers. • Bel Canto is an all-female choral group under the direction of Beaupre. Members audition in the spring for this advanced choir. • Concert Choir enjoys upwards of 100 vocalists in this select group of junior and senior students. Under the direction of Warren, students advance their vocal ability, experience, musicianship and higher levels of performance. ■ The Madrigal Singers are a premier group of choral students. Under the guidance of Warren, this year’s curriculum program developed 32 juniors and seniors as they created, produced and performed a show at
the 37th annual Madrigal Dinner in November. In addition, the Madrigal Singers represented SFHS in various performance engagements in and around the community, such as the St. Francis American Legion Veterans Day program, holiday concert, Mall of America performances, several church Christmas programs and the City of St. Francis Christmas tree lighting ceremony. By the beginning of 2017, our two extracurricular showchoir groups were ready to represent SFHS. Showchoirs are a group of auditioned singers who combine choral singing with choreographed dance within the context of a specific theme or story. The Bridge Street Singers, varsity showchoir, enjoyed an outstanding year in their five competitions as they were awarded Best Vocals three times and overall Grand Champion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Hastings. They took first runner-up in Onalask, Wisconsin, and second-runner up in both Ankeny, Iowa, and Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin. Jake Hoefer received best male soloist at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Our prep showchoir, Prima Voce, performs under the direction of Beaupre and Amelia Tesdahl, a SFHS alum in her third year
at the University of Minnesota studying music education. Prima Voce competed twice receiving fourth runner-up in Hastings and sixth runner-up in Waconia. Over spring break many of the juniors and seniors represented our community in San Diego, California. They performed at Sea World and enjoyed a choir exchange concert with the North Coast Singers. As the 2016-17 school year ends, choir students will enjoy a celebration of their accomplishments at the annual choir banquet on May 22. Their spring pop concert is on May 25 and will include a special celebration for the seniors. The 2017-18 year will be met with some transitions. Warren just announced that he has accepted a position in Hastings. While he will be missed, the passion continues as the faculty, students and choir boosters are already making plans for 2017-18 choral events and opportunities. Volunteers are welcome and needed. Learn more at our website http://stfransischoirs.org about upcoming events, volunteerism and fundraising opportunities. For email notifications about SFHS choirs, subscribe to the email list from our website.
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Pictured are St. Francis High School students that were named Students of the Month on March 31. Front row (L-R): Claire Blonigen, Maya Chavez, Cora Norton, Brianna Whited; back row: Annalisa Carlson, Kalee Luther, Shelby Reynolds, Kaitlyn Reynolds, Emily Drouncheck, Simon Luckow and Luke Maiers. Steven Fetzik, SFHS Community Relations Coordinator
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