The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir will host the Appleseed Children’s Choir Festival in Fort Wayne this May 3-5 at IPFW. The festival will welcome 100 young singers from throughout the Midwest. Singers from groups such as Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, IL, the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, and the Grand Rapids Children’s Choir will all be in attendance. “Hosting the event in Fort Wayne is a no brainer,” says Denice Beights, Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. “People like to come here, and there’s lots to do in Fort Wayne making it attractive to other choirs.”
The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir program is considered one of the best in the country, making the opportunity to attend a festival in the choir’s hometown attractive to other choirs. The festival will offer programing for 9-12 year old singers. Traditionally only the older children in a choir such as the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir will go on international tours. “This festival focuses on younger singers to get them ready for touring without taking them too far away from home,” Beights explains. Singers, directors, and chaperones won’t just be practicing music while they’re in town. Their schedule is quite full with local activities. The festival also provides educators the opportunity to for professional development as they spend time together. The festival will culminate with a free concert on May 5th at Rhinehart Music Center in the Auer Performance Hall where all four choirs will be performing. Log on to www.fwcchoir.org for more information.