Choirs to Gather for a “Festival of Singing”

Over One hundred and fifty singers from Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties will participate in “A Festival of Singing” on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 P.M. in the Sonora High School auditorium.  The program will be approximately one-and-a-half hours.  Admission is free.

Organized by the Columbia College Community Chorus and the Columbia College Music Department, the Festival is a chance for singers in local high school and the college vocal programs to prepare and perform music for and with each other.  Each performing choir will sing separately on the High School stage. A massed performance of The Star Spangled Banner with all singers will open the Festival. The concluding selection on the program will be America the Beautiful also performed by the massed choir.

Singers don’t get many chances to hear or sing with others outside of their own organization” said Festival organizer, John Carter.  “This gathering is meant to encourage those singers and conductors- especially with all the cuts to the arts in the schools.  This Festival allows us to see that we are part of a larger world of singers here in the Mother Lode.”

Choirs representing Summerville High School, Connections Academy, Calaveras High School and Columbia College will perform. Directors include Nicole Markle, Calaveras High; Madeline Young Summerville High-Connections Academy; and John Carter, Columbia College.  Music performed will range from classical to jazz.

Choirs participating are Jazz@8; Constellations Choir; Calaveras High Choir; Columbia College Choir, and the Columbia College Community Chorus.

For more information, contact John Carter at Columbia College at 588-5214 or