Madrigals to host children’s workshop

By From page A9 | March 28, 2014

Teaching children how to read and write is one thing, but teaching kids how to sing is a whole other challenge. Luckily, the Davis High Madrigal Choir is up to the task.

The choir is playing host to a choral workshop for children from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS. A concert, including all the children, will follow from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for the Madrigals’ spring break trip to New York City. According to Madrigals director Karen Gardias, the choir will meet its projected budget with the money made from this workshop.

Aspiring young singers receive the opportunity to showcase their voices and in turn receive a confidence boost. Although the youngsters may sometimes get out of hand, Madrigal Elisa McIsaac doesn’t mind the challenge, believing that the disorderliness is almost always an essential aspect of kids’ performances.

“We get to interact with the kids; we can strike interest and have fun,” said McIsaac, a junior. “Sometimes they get crazy and start a chain reaction of energy throughout the group, but that’s OK. We always hope that the workshop gives the kids a taste of musical experience along with more confidence.”

For others who haven’t expressed interest in the arts, the choral workshop is an ideal chance for students to realize their previously hidden talent in singing.

“It’s a great time for the kids to come out of their shells,” McIsaac said.

Songs of various levels of difficulties will be performed, including music from popular Broadway shows, according to Madrigal Zach Hertz, who is a junior. Depending on the age range of the children, easier to more difficult music will be chosen, suitable for everyone.

The cost is $30 per student, and preregistration ends on Friday, April 4 (walk ins will be accepted if there is room). A completed 2013-14 DJUSD Emergency Contact Form also will be required for each child.

While the kids will enjoy and learn from this workshop, it’s also the Madrigals themselves that benefit from the experience. McIsaac values the teaching as a time to mature as a leader.

“It gives us a chance to be a whole different type of leader,” McIsaac said. “Being part of a leadership team in Madrigals, everyone is supposed to be a role model — especially towards the new Madrigals members. But these are little kids, which takes more patience and self-control. That being said, it’s always a joy to put on these workshops.”
For more information, visit www.davismadrigals.com/2014-madrigal-singers-choral-workshop.html

Krystal Lau

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