Winneconne High School to be featured in Jim Brickman Comfort & Joy concert
When Abby Schmidt, choir director of Winneconne High School, got the offer to have her choir perform with Jim Brickman when he stops at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Dec. 4 she simply said “we jumped at the chance!”
Schmidt will bring 45-50 students to sing two songs on stage at the holiday show. The group is currently preparing and here’s what Schmidt had to say about the opportunity.
How have you been preparing?
We just got the music last week so we’ve been practicing in class and during our combined work time at the end of the day which we call Focus Time at Winneconne High School.
Why is this an important/impactful experience for high school aged students to perform with an artist like Brickman?
This is a fabulous opportunity for our students. Getting to perform with a nationally touring artist is not only fun, but educational for the students. They are looking forward to being able to perform on the stage at the performing arts center and get to go backstage and see how a professional show is put together. They will get to do a sound check before the performance and see how a professional artist adjusts to a new space. Also, Mr. Brickman’s music appeals to all ages and the students are really enjoying learning these pieces. I know it will be a wonderful experience for them to work with Mr. Brickman and perform at the Center.
Are the kids more nervous or excited at this point?
The performance is still a few weeks away at this point so I think they are a bit more excited right now. They are enjoying learning the music and working with each other. I’m sure there will be some nerves on performance day, but I’m sure there will be a lot of excitement as well.