Kids find friendship, confidence in Quesnel youth choir

Melanie McKinnon, foreground, directs the In Song choir in a performance at its Hello Spring! concert.
Ella Hyde (left) and Olivia Williams perform “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” as a vocal duet.
Rachelle Carter performs “Where is it written” by Michael Legrand.
In Song Choir members perform together at their Hello Spring! concert. Heather Norman photos
The senior girls perform “Esta Noche” at the Hello Spring! In Song concert on Monday, May 13.

Quesnel’s In Song Choir performed its spring concert Hello Spring! on Monday, May 13 for a crowded room at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church near Red Bluff School.

The concert saw ensemble pieces, duets and solos, as well as songs sung in Spanish and French. The concert also featured piano solos and speech arts.

The choir members all speak about loving to sing and joining the choir to build their confidence and make friends.

Chorist Xavier Denis says he has been in the choir since it started.

“I do solo singing so it boosts my confidence more than it was before,” says Denis.

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“I want to be a singer and it just brings joy to my heart, what the power of singing can do.”

The choir includes children from Grades 4 to 10.

At eight years old, Mary Wolff is one of the youngest chorists.

“I wanted to be in the choir since I was four years old, but then I would be too little,” she says.

Wolff joined the choir this year, and she performs as part of the ensemble with her older sister, Grace. Wolff says she loves singing and she does it all the time — so she knew from the very first rehearsal she would enjoy it.

The choir, which is in its fourth year, is directed by Melanie McKinnon and managed by Bev Haluschak.

Haluschak says they are actively looking for new members to join their choir in September, and they had a good showing in Quesnel’s annual Festival of Performing Arts.

Heather Norman
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