Fundraiser supports growing choir program

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The Woodside/Summit Class Act show choir performs.

The Woodside Middle School Choral Department welcomes audiences to its Spring Concert and Fundraising Night 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 20 in the school cafeteria.

Woodside Concert Choirs will perform a “Motown and MJ” program. Most of the songs are fully choreographed, said Brittany Blazier, director of choirs and show choir at Woodside.

“These kids aren’t just standing and singing during the choir concert; they’ll be doing full-on dance moves as well,” she said.

Woodside/Summit Class Act show choir will also perform its award-winning competition show.

Megan Schreck, Kenzie Woodard, Abi Johnson and Trent George perform in the Woodside/Summit Class Act show choir.

Students also auditioned for special acts, including solos and duets, that will be incorporated throughout the show.

Admission is free. Attendees can support the choirs by purchasing bake sale items, bidding on silent auction items and entering for prize drawings. They can also use their dollars to vote for their favorite special act of the evening. The best solo or small group will win a prize at the end of the night.

Blazier said this is the first year the department is combining the spring concert with a fundraiser for the program. The funds raised will help support the growing choir programs.

This is Blazier’s third year as director and it has been rewarding to see the students grow and push themselves to do more difficult music. This year, the 7th and 8th grade concert choir competed in the Indiana State School Music Association district competition and placed gold in division 2.

“(The program) is growing and we’re needing things like new risers, wireless microphones and music,” she said.

Blazier said her students are excited to participate in the program.

“There’s a lot of commitment from the students because it’s such a positive atmosphere. We really stress the importance of being kind and respectful to each other and putting on fun, high energy shows as a team,” she said.

It’s about more than music for the kids, she said; it’s about building life skills – working hard, working as a team, building friendships and gaining confidence.

“They see a great pay off whether it’s a strong performance for the concert choirs or the show choir winning grand champion. It’s very rewarding for them to participate,” she said.

Parents also play a role in the program’s success by helping plan events, chaperoning, helping backstage, arranging meals for long practice days and helping set up and tear down the stage.

“I’m really grateful for them,” Blazier said.

For the fundraiser, choir parents are donating baked goods for sale and local businesses have donated gift basket items for the silent auction.

Those who attend can enter through door 8. There will be a table at the entrance where attendees can purchase tickets for voting for specials acts. Cash will be accepted for purchase of tickets. For more information, contact Brittany Blazier at bblazier@sacs.k12.in.us.