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Village Arts seeks new musicians for concert

October 18, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Village Arts' Heartland Civic Orchestras and Choir begin rehearsal for a Christmas concert featuring music and music styles from across the globe this week. The December 15th concert, " A Continental Christmas" will be performed at the Tilman Hovland Auditorium, Rugby High School. Rehearsals for the concert begin on October 21, Monday night, in the high school band and choir rooms. Choir practice begins at 6:30 p.m., string orchestra at 7:00 p.m. and full orchestra at 8:00 p.m.

Music program director Deb Jenkins encouraged both new and returning community members to participate in the performing groups. " We would love to have some new musicians join us. Every year local people tell me they would like to be a part of the choir or the orchestras, but they are afraid they will not be 'good enough' to sing or play. We really do welcome people of all skill levels and do not require auditions. Many of our current musicians started after having set their instruments down for decades or having sung in a choir many years earlier. They have been able to play or sing and enjoy being a musician."

This year Village Arts will also premiere the work of local composer David Halvorson. Halvorson wrote and scored his original choral song, "Things I Think of When It Snows" this past year in preparation for Rugby's Christmas concert. Jenkins said, "It is not only exciting to have a brand new piece-never heard anywhere-but exciting to have one of Dave's pieces. He is a very talented musician. His orchestral work has been premiered at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul under the baton of Ed Forner, a well respected Viennese conductor."

This year Andee Mattson will direct the choir, Deb Jenkins will act as conductor for the string orchestra and Tilman Hovland will conduct the full orchestra. Jenkins will also be offering strings lessons for new and returning strings students in November. She can be contacted at her email address,

- Submitted by Deb Jenkins/Village Arts



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