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Hello 2017/18 Season!

After a 3 month summer hiatus, Higher Ground women’s ensemble is back for our 2017-2018 season. As the summer wound down, the choir countdown began, 8 more sleeps until choir… 7 more sleeps until choir… 6 more… 5 more… Finally the night arrived, and there was an amazingly warm energy in the room – smiles, hugs, catching up, and welcoming new members (we are thrilled to welcome Julie and Erika).  (more…)

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Choir babies

Another season of Higher Ground has come to a close and we are currently on our break for the summer. This past season was a different one for me because in February, my husband and I welcomed our first child, a baby girl.

A lot of my friends and family assumed that I would take a break from singing once the baby arrived but I knew that Higher Ground was the kind of choir where I would not have to do that. I returned to choir, baby in tow, when my daughter was a week and a half old and I continued to bring her with me to rehearsals for the next several weeks. (more…)

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The Art of Choral Programming

More than 20 years ago I began my choral conducting and composing education in university. My first assignment was putting together a mock choral program for an imaginary youth choir’s spring concert. I found the process challenging and fascinating and have had an interest in it ever since. Shortly thereafter I directed a church choir for two years and for the last three years have run a “glee club” program at our local school for about 15 kids a term. These experiences along with singing in great choirs like Higher Ground have given me some insight into how to put music together for a concert.

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