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Artist Q&A: 12th Annual Fox Cities Choral Music Festival

As we gear up for the 12th Annual Fox Cities Choral Music Festival we are excited to share a wonderful evening of music with you. Kathy Alan, director for Waupaca High School, answered a few of our questions about what students get out of participating in the festival and what the audience can expect to see this year.

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A photo from rehearsal for the 2012 Choral Music Festival, when Kathy Alan led Winnecone High School in participating.

Have you been involved in the Choral Music Festival before?
I was involved in this festival four other times with the Winneconne High School Concert Choir, including the inaugural year 2004.

What made you want to be a part of this year’s festival?
I have had the experience of bringing a choir to the Fox Cities Choral Festival in years past, and now that I am in a new district, I wanted to share this experience with the Waupaca students

What value do you think the festival gives students?
I think this festival gives the students from Fox Valley area schools a chance to sing and share music in a world class venue, under the direction of a nationally known choral conductor.  That is an experience that will be a part of their high school memories, and may even persuade some singers to pursue a career in music.

What makes this a unique experience for your students?
The venue alone makes this a unique experience for the students.  Having the chance to sing on a stage where performers such as Tony Bennett, the casts of Wicked, The Lion King, or other famous musicians have performed is a chance that many young people can only dream of.

What do you hope the audience takes away from the evening?
I hope that the audience finds the concert to be a showcase of the wonderful young talent that is in the Fox Valley region.  These singers are the future of our region, whether they choose to continue on with music or not.  Their performance will connect the communities and schools that they represent through music, and the audience will hopefully feel that connection in the hall, during the concert performance.

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