More than 50 students tried out for this high-energy, vocal performance ensemble, which includes choreography as well as dynamic singing on a grand scale. In all, more than 40 students will participate during this inaugural year.
Saint Viator’s new choral director, Mrs. Joleen Kragt, brought the idea to the school. She has been involved with show choirs at Fenton and Johnsburg high schools, as well as volunteered at Hersey High School’s Chicagoland Showcase and show choir camps at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.
That excitement was palpable at their first rehearsal Tuesday night, when they learned of the music they will perform this semester. They range from Broadway, pop and swing selections to their finale from “The Greatest Showman.”
“I like to sing and I like to dance, so this is good combination,” said Ava Zawilenski ’21.
“It’s exhilarating to perform on stage with such a large group,” Julia said. “There’s just so much energy that you can’t get from just dancing or singing alone. When you put them all together, it’s pretty exciting.”
Principal Karen Love welcomed this new fine arts opportunity for Saint Viator students, but already she has been surprised at how much excitement it has generated.
“Show Choir has created a buzz at Saint Viator,” Mrs. Love says, “and we’re excited to share the journey with this talented group of students.”
“They’re just learning the ropes,” she says. “And it’s not just the choreography. Show choir is a vocal style that is much more dynamic and broader than traditional choral music. Everything is amped up.”
Mrs. Kragt stresses that this new vocal ensemble offers more than a new performance venue for students.
“Students not only blossom in their musical abilities, but they gain a huge amount of confidence,” she says. “We call it, the show choir swagger.”