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Girls Choir spring concert concludes inaugural year

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The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir will conclude their spectacular inaugural year with a spring concert at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. The concert will include a wide variety of music and styles that highlight the beautifully trained voices of these young singers.

The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, under the direction of Linda Parker, has charmed and astounded audiences with the lovely clarity of their sound, along with their poise and stage presence. Their first performance of the year was for the veterans’ breakfast, where they performed patriotic songs that will be featured at the spring concert. The girls have also performed for the Pagosa MAKERS Expo, the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club, at the Community Choir Christmas concert and for middle school talent night and music concerts.

“We have had a full and very successful first year,” says Parker. “It has been a thrill to witness the rapid progress these girls have made as well as the commitment they have made to excellence. To say I am proud of them would be an understatement. These girls have exceeded all expectations.”

The PSGC spring concert will be a culmination of the accomplishments the choir has made this year. They will present folk songs, sacred music, patriotic songs and fun jazz numbers that will include the talents of special guest instrumentalists and dancers.

“Exposing the girls to a variety of musical styles and instruments is a part of their music education,” says Parker. “We are grateful to area musicians and dancers who have volunteered to enhance this concert with their incredible talents.”

The girls will sing “I Never Touched a Rainbow,” choreographed and danced by Johannah Laverty and Jacqueline Garcia. These two young ladies have wowed audiences in numerous Curtains Up Pagosa! and high school productions with their dancing and choreography skills. Both are juniors at Pagosa Springs High School and are outstanding students. Laverty has been cast as a lead in “A Chorus Line” at Pagosa Center for the Arts as a part of their summer lineup of musicals and will also be a featured dancer and singer in CUP’s summer production of “Jesus Christ, Superstar.” Garcia, in addition to being a trained dancer, has also been honored with Colorado School of Mines medal of achievement in math and science.

Also featured in the concert will be violinist Heidi Tanner, flutist Kathy Wadenfuhl and trumpeter Sue Gottschalk.

“All of our guest instrumentalists have been strong musical forces in our community, not only as performers, but as teachers. We are so fortunate to have such impressive talent and experience at our fingertips as we bring our young girls into the world of music performance,” says Parker. “These ladies represent a rich talent pool in our community, a group of adults who not only give of their musical skills but of their heart as well. They, like me, are committed to help our young people enjoy the richness that music has to offer all our lives. Truly, they are an important part of what makes our community so special.”

The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir Spring Concert is free to the public, though donations are welcome and appreciated. A reception will follow the concert in the church parish hall.

This story was posted on May 1, 2014.