Baldwin Community Children’s Choir rehearse, raise money for Big Apple trip
For 16-year-old Madeline Miley, her upcoming trip to New York won’t be her first. It will however be the first time for her to sing in such a unique venue with a large audience.
Miley, a soprano in the Baldwin City Children’s Choir, will be traveling to New York City with 25 other BCCC members to perform in the New York City Children’s Choir Festival hosted by Heritage Children’s Choir Festivals.
“I think it’s a great experience for all the kids in the choir,” Miley said. “To be able to travel all the way to New York and to just know that singing and music is a worldwide experience, I think it’s a great lesson for (us) to learn.”
The trip is a result of the choir’s outstanding performance at an April festival in St. Louis.
“After the festival was done, the festival directors called us and invited us to come participate in the New York festival because of our ratings,” said Amy Potterton, Baldwin City Children’s Choir director.
Potterton had the students audition for the trip in the fall and chose 26 children from ages 6 to 16 to go to the festival.
At the festival, the group will perform songs and receive a rating from judges. The goal is to receive the highest rating possible for each musical piece.
“We’ll also be doing a mass choir with all the other choirs who will be participating in the festival,” Potterton said.
Noted composer David Brunner will be a judge and will also act as a conductor for the mass choir part of the festival.
Aside from their performance, the members will get the chance to experience New York City. The group will get to see Times Square, Rockefeller Center, The Statue of Liberty and watch a musical, either “Spiderman” or “Mary Poppins.”
“We have the chance to go see a Broadway show,” Miley said. “So I think that’s great to be able to go see live theater because it’s also a type of music and it’s a great thing for (the choir) to see what music can actually turn into later in life.”
The BCCC has been having fundraisers to help pay for the trip, and has at least two events to raise money this spring.
Its next fundraiser will be Parent’s Night Out from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb.11 at the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center. For $15, parents can drop off a child between the age of 2 and 10. The child will receive a drink, two slices of pizza, snacks and a night filled with games, crafts and activities. If a family has more than one child to drop off, the price is discounted to $10 for each child after the first.
“It’s a great pre-Valentine’s (Day) date night for parents,” Potterton said. “They can go out for a few hours and leave the kids.”
The group will also host a magic show in March at the Baldwin High School Performing Arts Center.
There will also be a concert at 4 p.m. April 29 at the Baldwin High School Performing Arts Center to wrap up the spring semester before the group heads to New York City the first week of May.
“We are very thankful to the community for supporting us,” Potterton said.
For more information on the Baldwin City Children’s Choir or to make a donation for the trip to New York City visit the website bccchoir.com.