By Meghan Schrader
for IN|fort wayne publications
Fort Wayne Children’s Choir is preparing for its annual end-of-season spring concert with the theme of “Music in Motion.”
Growing and expanding for 44 years, the choir now has more than 300 participating children, ranging in from elementary to high school students, who will partake in one of the FWCC’s eight choir ensembles in the concert.
“Students in the choir come from a variety of places and backgrounds. Each week, these young singers demonstrate the ability for music to overcome all differences as they work toward a common goal,” Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Busarow said.
During the concert, each ensemble will perform two to three pieces of music while encapsulating the theme through choreography and movement around the stage. The students will be utilizing light to direct the attention of the audience throughout the large space as they move seamlessly from one choir and piece to the next in a collage format.
“It’s sort of like decoupage for choral music,” Busarow said with a laugh.
Several all-choir pieces will also be featured.
“It’ll be a really cool way of experiencing music in different spaces,” Busarow said. “It will be, I think, a really good way of encapsulating our year. This is sort of the capstone (to) show off what we can do after a year of working together.”
As the children near the end of the school year, they prepare to demonstrate their talents and passion for singing.
“This is the big, end-of-season concert so the kids are really anxious to show off all they’ve learned and how much they’ve grown and the audience will get to enjoy that as well,” Managing Director Amber Bouthot said.
The concert will be 4 p.m. May 6 at the Auer Performance Hall in Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Rhinehart Music Center. According to Bouthot, the concert usually has 2,500 patrons, selling out the show each year. Tickets are available at the IPFW ticket office in the Gates Athletic Center, by calling (260) 481-6555 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. or online at www.ipfw.edu/tickets. The Rhinehart Music Center ticket office will be open 9-11 a.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. the day of the concert.
Tickets are $8-10, according to the ticketing website.
FWCC auditions are coming up 4:30-6 p.m. May 21-24 and June 4-7, in 30-minute sessions at the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center. During the auditions, FWCC will assess the child depending on skill and place them in the choir that best fits their needs. Any child from northeast Indiana as well as Ohio is welcome.
To register, or for more information, please call the FWCC office at (260) 481-0481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.