Hudson Community Choir — 130 voices strongIt is amazing what humans can do. A sneak peek at the Hudson Community Summer Choir is evidence of that.
By: Margaret Ontl, Hudson Star-Observer
It is amazing what humans can do. A sneak peek at the Hudson Community Summer Choir is evidence of that.
When Hudson High School choral director, Andy Haase invited area residents to participate in the program he thought perhaps 30 people would respond. Instead 130 showed up and are now in the midst of rehearsing for their upcoming concert on Monday, July 27th, 7:00 p.m. at the HHS Performing Arts Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public, and based on the rehearsal well worth going to.
The singers are ages 15 to 80 years old, including current HHS students, alumni, parents of former students and community members.
One’s voice is similar to carrying a musical instrument around with you. As most of the choir members practiced last night, it was clear that singing and an appreciation for music can be a lifetime pursuit. There are at least 12 family groups participating in the choir, brothers, moms singing with sons, couples singing together, grandparents and parents.
“I have parents and grandparents of former students as members,” said Haase. “They all come back for one thing to share the experience of singing together.”
Both Andy Haase and accompanist, Jodell Krause are volunteering their time. Choir members each paid a registration fee of $15, which paid for the music.
“I wanted to give something back to the community,” said Haase. “It has been my hope to have a true summer community choir where singers of all ages and singing abilities can come together for a few rehearsals and put on a concert.”
After only seven rehearsals the choir is performing challenging and rewarding music that both the singers and audience will enjoy.
“We are so lucky to have such a talented musician and dedicated community member participate in this event,” said Haase of Jodell Krause. “It truly is because of her that this event can happen.”
The program will include selected movements from Schubert’s Mass in G: Featuring the chorus and selected soloists; It’s a Grand night for Singing (from the musical State Fair); Dreams of Thee by Eric William Barnum, Stephen Dahle on Violin; Homeland, by Z.Randall Stroope: a powerful song depicting the importance of national pride; Over the Rainbow: Everyone knows this simple yet expressive tune made famous from the musical “The Wizard of Oz”; Selections from the popular musical “West Side Story” and “He’ll make a way” a rousing and uplifting gospel song.
The choir will also perform a second concert at the Lakefront Park Band Shell on Monday August 3rd.