This past weekend, Campion’s campus was filled with new voices as middle schoolers from nine different schools came together to form a single choir of 120 students.
The Rocky Mountain Music Festival began at full blast on Friday morning in the chapel where Dr. William Chunestudy led the first rehearsals. Separated into two sections based on their voice parts, the students rehearsed a total of eight pieces that would be presented on Saturday morning and evening. The members of Koinonia, Campion’s select choir, were present at all rehearsals to support and help the children with their pieces.
Natalie, a student from HMS Richards and a soloist in the festival, shared that she enjoyed “being able to learn new things from Dr. C and also making more friends from other schools. It was a lot of singing and my voice was sore, but it was a good learning experience.”
Besides the practices, the participants attended breakout sessions which included arts, games, soccer, and gymnastics.
During Friday night vespers, the high school students from Campion and Mile High came together to perform several pieces. In addition to that, both schools’ select choirs also performed separately.
Sabbath’s church service took place in the gym, where the combined choir performed two songs. Pastor Leandro Bizama was the speaker for all of the weekend events.
After the service, the kids took part in an outreach activity planned by Campion Church which included distributing cookies and handing out invitations for the Journey to the Cross Easter program.
The choir participants had a chance to showcase their talents and hard work in their final performance on Saturday night.
Cecilia Simmons, Campion’s Music Director commented, “Listen, we put over 100 squirrely prepubescent kids into a room and asked one man to teach them eight songs in two days. Either we were crazy or our festival clinician, Dr. Chunestudy is a miracle worker. What he did with those kids in such a short period of time was phenomenal.The final concert was a celebration of their hard work and belief in everything he taught them. Just like he said, it was a circle of giving between the festival choir, the audience, and the director.”
All of the performances were recorded and are viewable on Campion’s Facebook page.
Ana Segawa, Student News Team
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