VAIL — You didn’t have to dig real deep to release the inner performer in 82 local kids who spent the week in a Colorado Children’s Chorale workshop.
You get to see what they learned tonight when the Colorado Children’s Chorale takes the Ford Amphitheater stage.
The Colorado Children’s Chorale ran its 25th annual Vail residency and workshop this week, sponsored by the Vail Valley Foundation and Antlers at Vail.
For three days, the local kids learn performance skills in singing, dancing, acting and stage movement. Children’s Chorale members and the artistic staff do the teaching.
“We do workshops all over the world, but we love the workshop each June in Vail the best,” said Cheryl Shoemaker, the Chorale’s marketing director. “Children from the Vail Valley have more singing energy than any other place on earth. We look forward to working with them every year! No question, our favorite place to sing is in the Vail Valley!”
Some of being in a chorus is about performing, but mostly it’s about finding joy in what you’re doing, said Jim Thomas, a Denver attorney and Chorale board member.
“Children who learn to find joy in themselves and elicit it in others will be more than mere players — they can be stars in whatever roles life brings them. That simple idea is at the core of the work of the Colorado Children’s Chorale,” Thomas said.
Many Flavors of Stardom
Some kids dream of being professional athletes and powering the winning home run, scoring the winning touchdown or hitting the winning jump shot, Thomas said.
“Super-stardom comes in many flavors, of course. Chorale kids dream of Carnegie Hall and Broadway,” he said.
Sometimes, they make it. Chorale grads in the spotlight include Sierra Boggess, who originated the roles of Ariel in Disney’s “Little Mermaid” on Broadway. Chorale alum Christine Daae’ starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom-sequel “Love Never Dies” in London. David Miller is a member of the international pop opera super group Il Divo.
You can measure this sort of thing, Thomas said. The choral music education group Chorus America’s study on the impact of choirs included polling of teachers and parents. Among their findings: The majority of parents surveyed believe multiple skills increased after their child joined a chorus.
Anecdotally, educators say children who sing are better participants in group activities, have better emotional expression and exhibit better emotional management.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.