In 2016 the SCS collaborated with our neighboring non-profit, Major Chords for Minors to produce a week-long day camp for students grades 3-9. ChoralPalooza is called a camp for singers, but it is much more. ChoralPalooza has teamed up with the finest teachers and performers in the area so that campers experience the fun of singing together, coupled with exposure to their favorite instruments, and elements of music recording.
Daily sessions in ensemble singing, directed by Jeremiah Kraniak, Choral Society Music Director, teach campers about melody and harmony, good vocal technique, and elements of music notation and theory. Special interest sessions introduce campers at all skill levels to their favorite instruments, solo singing, or accompanying. There is a final performance for families and friends on the last day of camp.
In 2016 we had nearly 30 campers! This success has launched us into exciting plans to continue the camp in 2017.
The SCS is very happy to participate in community events and festivals and has consistently performed during Jazz on Jefferson, as well as Saginaw’s P.R.I.D.E. event, Holiday’s in the Heart of the City.
During our 2015-2016 season, the SCS collaborated with Dr. Kevin Simons and the choirs of Saginaw Valley State University in a concert presented by the SVSU Department of Music, “The Valley Sings.” Among this joint choir of 125 singers we found 4 faculty and staff, 8 students, and 7 alumni who participate in both organizations.
We concluded the 2015-2016 season with a production of The Wizard of Oz in Concert – a partnership with the SVSU Department of Theater under the theatrical direction of Prof. Ric Roberts, chair.
The SCS is looking forward to joining the choirs and orchestra of Central Michigan University to sing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem in February of 2017.