Palliser Choir Day makes beautiful music

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Watch a video produced by PBHS student Kyle Groenenboom from the day, including snippets of the individual choir performances here.

More than 200 students from seven school choirs across Palliser performed music for one another before joining in two mass performances at the first ever Palliser Choir Day Thursday, May 21 at Heritage Christian Academy in Calgary.

The choir day was organized by a committee of music teachers from across the division.

The first mass performance, led by conductor Anna Vanderheide of Noble Central School, was "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)," the theme from the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The second number is best known from the animated film Frozen. It’s a Norwegian work song titled "Eatnamen Vuelie." The second mass performance was conducted by Rick Vanderwoude of Calgary Christian School.

While the vast majority of students were singing, County Central High School contributed members of their rock band who performed with the choirs. The rock band is taught by Brian Rodgers.

Other teachers supporting and organizing the event were Torrance Airhart of Heritage Christian Academy, which served as the host school; Kade Hogg of Kate Andrews High School, Coaldale; Nicola Dottridge of Master’s College; and Tanya Conrad of Picture Butte High School.

“There is a definite lesson about individual work and coming together as a team with our collaboration pieces, because we have all done a lot of individual work and it will be great for the kids to see all the pieces come together to make a very impressive whole,” said Dottridge about the event.