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Second annual Linda Dryden vocal music mini-festival

The Second Annual Linda Dryden Vocal Music miniFestival will take place at Central Lakes College–Brainerd Campus–on Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2. The event is free and open to the public; all interested community members, CLC students and CLC employees are encouraged and welcome to join in on the fun, beginning Thursday morning, March 2, at 10:00 am.  All festival activities will take place in room E471 (Music Rehearsal Room).

Beginning at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, 3/1, Guest Clinician Mike Smith will be on campus to rehearse with the CLC Chamber Singers, and spend the rest of the afternoon working with students who are enrolled in Voice Training and Applied Voice Lessons.  Thursday morning, 3/2, over 80 area high school students will join CLC vocal music students, members of The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, and other interested community and CLC guests, to take part in a Vocal Masterclass, which will be held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  A noon box lunch meet-and-greet will follow the Vocal Masterclass; box lunches, provided by Prairie Bay, will be available to CLC students, our guest clinician, and visiting high school students and their directors only.

Thursday’s festivities will culminate in a mass choir rehearsal, which will run from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.  Mr. Smith will lead the 120+-voice choir in rehearsing and performing two classic works from the choral repertoire: “For the Beauty of the Earth” by John Rutter, and Houston Bright’s terrific arrangement of the spiritual, “I Hear a Voice a-Prayin’.”  The four area high schools participating in the festival are Aitkin (Kelly Blake, director), Brainerd (Brian Stubbs, director), Pequot Lakes (Karen Jacobsen, director), and Pine River-Backus (Naomi Horn, director).


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