From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — The top group of Northwestern Michigan College Children’s Choir — Cantus — took home a grand prize for its recent performance in New York City.
Cantus earned a gold medal for its performance at the Festival Competition at the College of Staten Island. The group also was named Grand Champions of the entire competition —the festival’s highest honor, said Jeffrey Cobb, NMC’s director of music program.
“Bravo NMC Children’s Choir!” Cobb said.
Cantus, made up of fifth through ninth graders, competed against middle school and high school choirs, bands, and orchestras from around the country for ratings and awards, he said.
Cantus also performed at St. Paul’s Chapel, a beautiful church with a rich history. The church was close to the World Trade Center but was undamaged in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and remains a shrine to those lost in the tragedy, Cobb said.
The Cantus singers gave an emotional performance that moved many in the audience to tears, Cobb said.
The choir took in the sights and sounds of New York, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial, the Empire State Building, Central Park, St. John the Divine Cathedral, a “Broadway audition” workshop, Times Square, and a Broadway show, he said.
In related news, the NMC Children’s Choir announced audition dates of June 4 and June 6 for students who will be in kindergarten through 9th grade next fall.
Singers in second through eighth grade are also invited to join “Kid’s Choir Camp” on June 17-21. Experienced and beginning singers are invited to take part. Singers will be placed in one of three choirs, based on age and experience. The camp includes choir rehearsals, along with a variety of electives, including hand-drumming, class piano, class guitar, folk dance, and music theater.
Call 995-1700 for more information or to reserve an audition spot.