Choirs’ combination makes for natural fit

A concert of vocal chorale music at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University this Saturday will feature two Minot music groups that make a natural fit.

The Voices of Note women’s chorus decided they wanted to do a winter concert, and thought about having another group with them. The only other chorus of exclusively women’s voices is at MSU, and that group had a conflict.

“We’re all moms in there,” said Voices of Note director Sharon Strube. “So we thought then it would be fun to do something with kids.”

From there, the obvious choice was the Western Plains Children’s Choir, with whom Strube had been involved with for years. It will make for an active presentation, because since both organizations have several directors, a total of six women will be conducting. “Rebecca Petrik and Laurel Livingston direct the WPCC and Nadine Holmly, Roberta Johnson, Deb Armstrong and Strube will be conducting the Voices,” Strube said. “We’ll be doing about six numbers, and I believe the three different choirs are doing a couple each. It should last about an hour.”

Strube said a free will offering will be accepted for the performance.

The WPCC is separated into age groups, roughly the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade ensemble called the “Choristers;” the “Junior Choir” consisting of the sixth- and seventh-graders; and the “Youth Ensemble” for the eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders.

The children’s choirs will be performing in the second half of the concert, following the Voices of Note’s first half. The massed choirs will then perform the finale.

“We’ll be singing ‘This Little Heart of Mine’ together. I’m not sure what the WPCC is presenting, but we’ve got songs about winter and some pop, folk and show tunes,” Strube said. She mentioned “How Like a Winter,” with words taken from a Shakespearean poem, and “Artist of a Winter Night” by Vicki Tucker.

“We last did a joint concert with them a long time ago, like nine or 10 years,” she said. The pianist accompanying throughout the evening is Brianna Schwan.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For further information, call 852-6069.