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Midland to Welcome Nearly 600 Students for Festival of the Arts

Midland to Welcome Nearly 600 Students for Festival of the Arts

Mar 16th , 2012

Nearly 600 middle and high school students from across Nebraska will be on campus this Friday and Saturday, March 16th and 17th, for Midland University’s third annual Festival of the Arts. Part workshop, part showcase; the event offers middle and high school students the opportunity to work with vocal instructors and performing arts professionals in developing their performance skills.

Nineteen show choirs and other select vocal groups are expected to share their talents and work with the Midland Arts team and nearly a dozen arts professional from across the country over the next two days.

“This event is a different take on competition,” said Erin Bradley, Director of Performing Arts. “Students spend the first part of the day work-shopping their program with professional artists. In the evening, they take the stage for a friendly competition. The Festival of the Arts is designed to help young vocalists develop as performers in inclusive and educational ways.

“The highlight is bringing all of these groups together with our festival house band, Midland’s vocal groups and our special guests for a finale performance. It’s our chance to showcase the talent of these up and coming performers and their passion for music and the arts.”

Each choir will workshop a portion of their show with visiting arts professionals, including featured professionals Edward Parks, a baritone singer with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and Adryon Gross, a R&B vocalist based in Long Beach, Cali., who returns for her second year with Midland’s Festival of the Arts.

Bradley said, “We are thrilled to have Ed and Adryon on hand this year. As performers, they bring different training and experience to the table but they share an amazing passion for music that will resonate with these students.”

The day begins with a high energy opening session where participating choirs meet the Midland ARTs team and visiting performers taking part in this year’s festival. In addition to the group workshop, students will take part in performance and improvisation workshops, and a master voice class.

The event concludes with the Festival of the Arts Finale Show, featuring a performance from each participating vocal group with awards presented for group and individual performances.

The community is invited to be part of the celebration. Friday’s finale performance begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Midland Events Center. Saturday’s finale show begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Kimmel Theatre on campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and can be purchased at the door.

Choirs participating in the 2012 Festival of the Arts include --

  •  Alliance High School’s Harmonics and Velocity choirs
  • Beatrice Middle School’s Delegation choir
  • Elkhorn High School’s Jazz Choir
  • Elkhorn Middle School Classics choir
  • Giltner Public School’s Show Choir
  • Hershey High School’s Hershey Harmony choir
  • Mercy High School’s Treblemakers
  • Millard South High School’s Fresh Start and South on Stage choirs
  • Nebraska City High School’s City Singers and Expressions groups
  • Valley View Middle School’s Voltage choir
  • Wahoo Middle School’s Show Choir
  • Wahoo High School’s Show Choir
  • Yutan Junior High School’s Show Choir and Sixth Grade Madrigal Choir
  • Yutan High School’s Show Choir, and
  • Abraham Lincoln High School’s Volume choir from Council Bluffs, Iowa

This year’s event also includes opportunities for juniors and seniors to audition for Midland’s growing performing arts cast and be considered for scholarships in disciplines ranging from vocal and instrumental performance to dance, acting and more.

The Performing ARTs Casting Call will be held in the Midland Events Center on Friday and Saturday. Any student interested in a performing arts scholarship is invited to register for the open audition online at here.