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AWAKE CHILDREN'S CHORAL FESTIVAL

February 8, 2020

AWAKE is excited to celebrate our 21st choral festival this year! Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest news regarding the children's choral festival, including guest clinician biography, information for directors, and information for family and administrators.  

CLINICIAN BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Brooks has been the choir director at Germantown High School for eight years. During that time, the choir program has grown in size and scope to include three curricular choirs and two co-curricular choirs, including the school's first competitive a cappella ensemble, Sol-Town. Mr. Brooks's choirs have been featured with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem. The choirs have also performed Mozart's Requiem at Carnegie Hall under the direction of John Rutter with the New England Symphony Orchestra, and with the acclaimed vocal group Army Singers in Washington, D.C. The choirs are currently preparing for their European tour to Vienna and Prague in the spring of 2021. Mr. Brooks is an active participant in the semi-professional choir Chant Claire, where he serves as the group's president. He would like to thank Amie Beeman and all of the AWAKE members for the opportunity to work with your wonderfully talented students.

INFORMATION FOR DIRECTORS

Please note the change in venue this year:

Kewaskum High School 

1510 Bilgo Ln

Kewaskum, WI 53040

Registration for the AWAKE festival is due to arrive to Corrine Galligan no later than October 31st. Please send only one check made payable to AWAKE and your registration information to the following address: 

Corinne Galligan

Hillcrest Elementary School

4193 Hillcrest Rd.

Hobart, WI 54155

 

Only 100 students will be able to participate due to ​​space and safety issues this year. To ensure your students’ inclusion and to receive the music in a timely manner. 

Music should be mailed out to all directors sometime in December.

Concert dress is currently being determined we will update all directors when it is has been decided and confirmed.

The concert is open to the public and tickets will be available for purchase at the door, $5 for adult tickets and $3 for children's tickets (cash or check only).

Teachers should plan to have at least one other chaperone/adult in addition to yourself available at all times during the rehearsal that day.

Tentative Schedule for the Day:

8:30 am -Registration

9:00 am -Rehearsal

12:00 pm -Lunch

1:00 pm -Rehearsal

2:30 pm - Doors open for the concert

3:00 pm - Concert (open to the public)

INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES AND ADMINISTRATORS

What is the AWAKE Choral Festival?

The AWAKE Choral Festival is a choir festival that is hosted by AWAKE (Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators). You can see more about the history of AWAKE and what we stand for in the 'About Us' tab. This festival has been going on for over two decades and allows directors the opportunity to bring children between 4th and 8th grade together to sing. The choral festival always brings in a guest clinician who is an expert in the field of choral music. They work with the kids to help strengthen their abilities to sing and share music. 

What will your child gain from being a part of this festival?

  • Your child will be given more difficult music and learn to sing in parts if they have not already learned how. If they have learned how they also have the opportunity to work on even more difficult repertoire and hear a fantastic high school guest choir perform.

  • Children get to work with experts in the choral field including our choral director this year. (See his bio above)

  • Children build strong relationships not only with other members of their school participating, but also other elementary and middle school children from surrounding schools.

  • Make new friends and strengthen existing relationship with current singers.

Tentative Schedule for the Day:

8:30 am -Registration

9:00 am -Rehearsal

12:00 pm -Lunch

1:00 pm -Rehearsal

2:30 pm - Doors open for the concert

3:00 pm - Concert (open to the public)

​The concert is open to the public and tickets will be available for purchase at the door, $5 for adult tickets and $3 for children's tickets (cash or check only).

AWAKE does their best to ensure the safety of all students and accommodate any dietary needs. Please let us know of any specific concerns you may have on your registration/medical forms.​

This year the choral festival will be taking place in Kewaskum. Below are some great places to check out while you are waiting in town: