We’re just over a week removed from our masterclass workshop with Eric Whitacre at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee, and it was as unforgettable of an experience as we all hoped it would be.
The workshop began with Mr. Whitacre working with two high school choirs from Muskego and Hartford, who sang “Lux Aurumque.” We then had him all to ourselves for about 25 minutes to work “Sleep,” a song we have sung at previous concerts. If you’re interested in hearing the version we submitted to be considered for this workshop, you can click here.
Mr. Whitacre was pleasant and enthusiastic throughout the workshop, and had a lot of good things to say about our choir and about Ben. It was really neat to watch his face as he conducted us, and to experience firsthand his style. Obviously, he is an incredibly talented and accomplished composer and conductor, and he really brought out a lot of the best aspects of our group.
After our time with Mr. Whitacre was complete, there was a brief Q&A session before all in attendance filled the sanctuary with “Sleep” once again…
It was an incredible experience for our group. When we started this choir in Fall 2013, we hardly could have imagined we’d be workshopping with Eric Whitacre just three and a half years later. It’s another sign for us that we are heading in the right direction as an ensemble, and have a lot we can accomplish together.
We have a few other pieces of news to share as well that our loyal followers may find interesting!
First, we are pleased to announce that we officially changed our nonprofit designation from 501c7 to 501c3, which will provide us with significantly more avenues for fundraising and will make it easier for us to provide tax deductible receipts to large donors.
Second, speaking of fundraising, we are excited to announce our upcoming fundraiser cabaret on Saturday, June 10 at Brenner Brewing Company in Walker’s Point. We will have more information about this event soon, but it’s one we’re quite excited about. It will give our musicians a chance to showcase their skills and sing songs they would typically not get to sing in our more traditional choral group. Plus, the host is a great one. Mike Brenner, owner of Brenner Brewing Company, has been a tremendous supporter of the arts in Milwaukee for many years, and he brews some tasty beer, so this was a perfect match for our group.
Finally, we are less than two months away from our spring concert. We are once again doing preferred seating sales, which will go live on April 1st. You’ll be hearing more about that very soon!
We are working hard on our spring music selection and can’t wait to begin performing once again.