Welland Centennial Secondary School music students will be workshop and perform with industry professionals next Tuesday.
Music teacher David Braun said the opportunity came about as part of District School Board of Niagara’s specialist high skills major program, which works to pair students with industry professionals to give them “experiential learning.”
In this instance, vocal music students will have the opportunity to work with professionals from four different organizations — the Choralis Camerata, Oakville Symphony Chorus, solo soprano signer Jocelyn Fralick and members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
They will start by doing workshops with the performers, seeing a behind-the-scenes effort of what goes into performances, and then they will be joining the pros to perform the fourth movement of Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem in front of a crowd.
“To make it accessible to students is what I find to be exciting,” said Braun.
One of the students performing, Quinne Gordon, said it’s a “really neat” opportunity because many times kids her age don’t get to sing with professionals.
Many kids, the Grade 9 student said, don’t even listen to classical music.
Centennial’s students have been enjoying learning about musical pieces and even learning German for their part in the show.
Serena Thornton, also in Grade 9, said it’s been amazing to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the pieces.
Two of Centennial’s students — Starla Blais and Gordon’s sister Nicola — have learned the entire requiem and will be performing it at Cairns Recital Hall in FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in…
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