With provincials over for Stettler’s choral groups, the Gracenotes, Tiny Gracenotes, and Rhapsody Girls and Tiny Tenors treated their hometown supporters to a selection of their competition songs and special non-competition, just-for-fun selections at the Spring Recitals.
On Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20, the three groups performed before nearly sold-out audiences at the Stettler Performing Arts Centre.
Vocal coach Rhonda Sylvester said she was proud of the girls and boys that performed so well all season long.
“They were awesome,” Sylvester said with enthusiasm. “It was all very good.”
The audience, which was filled with parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and community supporters, applauded the performances with gusto, appreciating the year’s efforts by the vocal students.
The Spring Recital’s two-hour show has the choral groups performing pieces they’ve worked on since January, with earlier efforts in the year being performed at the Winter Recital.
The Tiny Gracenotes are the youngest of the performers, children between the ages of five and eight, who are just beginning their vocal education and path. When they reach nine, students join the Rhapsody Girls and Tiny Tenors choir, and sing there until they reach the age of 12. At 13, girls go on to form the Gracenotes, one of Stettler’s best-known choral performing groups, which this year took first place at provincials.
For soloists in the Rhapsody Girls and Tiny Tenors, and the Gracenotes, the season isn’t yet complete, with boys and girls heading to Edmonton today, May 27, and competing until Saturday, May 30.
Sylvester, who normally attends provincials with her students, will this year miss the solo provincials due to adjudicating provincials in British Columbia.
“I know they’ll be texting me the whole time,” she said with a laugh. “I’m very proud of them and I know they’ll do well.”