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Pagosa Springs Girls Choir following dreams ‘Over The Rainbow’

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Photo courtesy Sally Neel Katriel Davies and Anika Thomas share a special bond as singers in the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, an audition-only choir for girls in the fifth through eighth grades that is celebrating its inaugural year.  The choir will be feted in a spectacular fundraising gala called “Over the Rainbow” at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts Thursday, March 27. The evening will hit a crescendo in a unique gathering of local and regional bands at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased at www.pagosacenter.org. 

Photo courtesy Sally Neel
Katriel Davies and Anika Thomas share a special bond as singers in the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, an audition-only choir for girls in the fifth through eighth grades that is celebrating its inaugural year.  The choir will be feted in a spectacular fundraising gala called “Over the Rainbow” at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts Thursday, March 27. The evening will hit a crescendo in a unique gathering of local and regional bands at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased at www.pagosacenter.org.

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts will become the merry old land of Oz on Thursday, March 27, with a gala event benefiting the new Pagosa Springs Girls Choir.

The magic begins at 5:30 p.m. with a $7 dinner catered by The Buck Stops Here and a silent auction with items that will tempt the most discriminating shopper.

Local businesses have gone all out to donate incredible services, activities and merchandise. Here are some samples of items attendees will have a chance to bid on: ski tickets, a cross-country package, apparel, a hot air balloon ride, lodging, “Beauty and the Beast” tickets, “Jesus Christ Superstar” tickets, massages, manicures and pedicures. The list continues with original artwork from Randall Davis, Clay Vyzralek and other local artists.

The evening continues at 7 p.m., when a spectacular array of local and regional musicians brings their talents together for a one of a kind benefit concert. Eli Carpenter, our great and powerful wizard who is producing the event, has secured musicians and bands including Dave Mensch, Brooks-I, Faculty X, PKB Band, the San Juan Mountain Boys and many more.

Carpenter says, “There is nowhere else you can go to see all of these fabulous groups and musicians in one place. This is a rare and amazing opportunity for Pagosa.”

“I am so touched by this community’s outpouring of support,” says Linda Parker, director of the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir. “I can’t thank the businesses, individuals, and musicians enough for what they are giving these girls. All of the businesses I’ve talked to have been so enthusiastic and willing to assist the choir.”

The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir is the brainchild of Linda Parker, a retired public school music teacher from Texas. She has a passion for teaching and still felt she had something to contribute to the music education of children. Upon moving to Pagosa Springs, she decided to form an audition-only choir for girls in fifth through eighth grades, offering those who were serious about learning and performing music an opportunity to grow their talents through ensemble singing.

Membership in the choir requires a fee of $200 per singer for the year, which helps cover the expenses of music, choir uniforms, and stipends.

“We try to supply scholarships for girls whose families cannot afford the fee, but our resources are limited,” says Parker. “Our goal is to allow every girl who is eligible to sing to have that opportunity regardless of ability to pay.”

The girls began rehearsing last August, and over the course of the school year have developed a beautifully blended sound. Those in attendance at the fund raiser will witness firsthand the amazing results of their hard work as the girls serenade their guests prior to the main event.

“It’s a small token of our appreciation to all the people who attend and who have contributed to our success,” Parker said.

Following their short presentation, the musicians will take the stage.

Advance tickets are now on sale for $20, so follow the yellow brick road to www.pagosacenter.org and order your tickets now. They may also be purchased at the door for $25. It will be a full evening of fun and entertainment.

This story was posted on March 13, 2014.