This past summer we attended the International Choral Kathaumixw in British Columbia and sang with choirs from all over the world! Here’s what some of our girls said about it:
One of the best, most fulfilling aspects of going on tour is the opportunity to bond with your fellow choir nerds and really develop amazing relationships with different people. Regardless of different interests or activities outside choir, you know that you’re in the company of other girls who love to sing and who love music just as much as you do. It’s a wonderful experience to spend time with people who really appreciate music and see different parts of the world at the same time!
I loved singing with international people whom I had just met but who felt like family when we were united by our common love for music.
I enjoyed the opportunity to spend quality time with the girls in our choir. It was such an amazing experience to bond over inside jokes and games during our long, but entertaining, van rides.
I liked spending time with Allegria and getting the opportunity to become closer through our love of music. I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk to other choirs from other countries.
Hanging out with my choir buddies 24/7 in vans, planes, and hotel rooms was so much fun! Plus, it was absolutely amazing to be able to sing in a choir with over a thousand voices!
Check out our Instagram and the hashtag #kathaumixw2016 for pics!
We are pleased to announce that the upper level choirs of the Arizona Girlchoir have been selected to participate in the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, British Columbia, in July of 2016.
Powell River Academy of Music started the festival in the early 1980s. After returning from a choir trip to the Eisteddfod, a large international choir festival in Llangollen, Wales, the desire to create an international festival for North America festival was born. The festival, held every other year, brings together singers from around the world to rehearse, perform, and learn from each other through the common language of music. We look forward to this wonderful experience.
Powell River is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast across the channel from Vancouver Island. The town began as the home of the Sliammon First Nation people. In more recent history it was the largest newsprint producer in Western Canada. The paper mill is still there.
The word Kathaumixw is a Coast Salish word meaning “gathering together of different peoples.”
For summer tour this year, we traveled to Cincinnati for the Children’s Choir Summer Festival hosted by the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. The girls were able to experience several new choir directors, combine their voices with six other choirs to create beautiful sounds, and even co-wrote a new song with a choral music composer and sing it before an audience! All this in addition to visiting the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, and fun-filled Kings Island amusement park, among other trip highlights.
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati:
Rehearsing with all the other choirs:
A day at Kings Island amusement park:
Onstage for the final concert:
Wrapping up the festival with fun and games:
A final stop at the Cincinnati Zoo: