Vocals Class participates in Sing Ontario
Energy, diction, and community.
The Hamilton District Christian High Vocal Class participated in Sing Ontario, a festival for choirs across the province. There were seven choirs, for a total of over 200 members ranging in age from 7 to 70! It was a great mix of children, youth and community choirs..
Our group arrived just in time for a gospel music workshop. It was so much fun, and a great way to wake up! We learned about praising God with enthusiasm and with our whole bodies. The clinician, Karen Burke, was so fun, energetic, and passionate.
After that we performed our two songs: “Siyahamba,” a South African Zulu song, and “Be Merciful,” for the adjudicators. Lydia Adams, the mass choir conductor for the day, complimented us on our energy, diction, and community.
After that, Zimfira Poloz, director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, worked with us on our pieces. She had a lot of neat toys that helped us visualize dynamics, mixing ranges, and vowel uniformity.
In the afternoon we had two more workshops.The one on vocal production focused on empowering the singers. It was interesting to learn about how we are pre-sprung selves who are beautifully designed by God to sing. The vocal improvisation workshop was so interesting; We learned about how mix our voices on the spot to dive in and out of harmony. We employed a variety of world instruments, and Thomas was even called upon to beat box! After that we had a mass choir rehearsal, enjoyed a communal dinner at Swiss Chalet, performed in the final concert, and headed home. Naturally, the bus ride home was a vocal extravaganza.
Our highlight was spending time together, getting to know other choristers, and taking time to learn and employ new vocal techniques.
To find out more about this event visit: choirsontario.org/SINGOntario.page
By Kasia Konstanty