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Voices wanted for April 5 ‘Community Sing’ event

March 28, 2014
Nick Page

Nick Page

The NIU School of Music is looking to build an instant choir, hundreds of voices strong, at a “Community Sing” scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building.

The choir, composed of all attendees at the event, will be led by Nick Page, an internationally known choral composer, conductor, author and song leader. Page will be a conductor in residence at the NIU School of Music from Thursday, April 3, through Saturday, 5.

Page enjoys a reputation for bringing out the magic in others. He travels to community sing events around the country, working with groups of all ages and abilities. At each stop, over the course of an evening sing, he turns each of those groups into a harmonious community of powerful voices.

“It’s like attending the greatest performance on the planet – the most electrifying, thrilling humorous and deeply moving event – except that you are no longer an audience member watching performers,” said one participant. “It’s you and many other equally amazed people who are making this magnificent music.”

Mary Lynn Doherty

Mary Lynn Doherty

The event is open to all members of the community, said Mary Lynn Doherty, coordinator of music education for the NIU School of Music.

“Nick Page and his music have been an inspiration to me for many years; the CSA Children’s Choir is honored to be hosting him this spring,” Doherty said. “The Community Sing is an opportunity for all those who love music to connect through song. His infectious energy and style are sure to leave a lasting impression on our community.”

The event is co-sponsored by the NIU Community School of the Arts and the NIU music education program.

The community sing will be one of the highlights of Page’s three days at NIU as composer, conductor and song leader in residence. His residency is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the NIU School of Music.

While on campus, Page will present to NIU classes, work with the choirs at Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb, lead a rehearsal of the CSA Children’s Choir and hold a workshop on working with children’s voices featuring the choir as the demonstration ensemble.

The auditorium is accessible to all. For more information, call (815) 753-1450 or email [email protected].