By Leah Spoolstra – Collegiate Staff
Through the blend of baritones, altos and sopranos, the Grand Rapids Community College choir members have readied themselves to host the Michigan Community College Choral Festival Concert at St. Cecilia Music Center on Nov. 8.
This festival will provide free admission and showcases the voices from several community colleges statewide. The GRCC music department organized the event as a way of engaging the public in the effects of music, emerging local singers, and giving students a chance to exhibit their talents.
To initiate the event, all colleges involved in the festival will have the opportunity to perform with the guest clinician Kimberly Dunn Adams, who works with the Western Michigan University Chorale. After a morning of performances, the GRCC choir will join Macomb Community College, Henry Ford College, Northwestern Michigan College, Mott Community College, and Southwestern Michigan College for the concert, in which each college will sing three pieces for the commencement of the showcase.
Since approximately 200 singers will perform, Stephen Barton, the Director of the GRCC Choral, believes that St. Cecilia Music Center grants students the opportunity to produce a concert that highlights their vocal strengths.
“St. Cecilia Music Center is possibly the finest concert venue in the state of Michigan,” Barton said. “Students will be able to perform in a massed choir of 170-200 singers which will produce a sound and performance experience which none of the choirs can experience at their individual schools.”
The Michigan Community College Choral Festival is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 8 at St. Cecilia Music Center at 23 Ransom Ave, in Grand Rapids. It will also be recorded and broadcasted on the GRCC TV.