VC Choir participates in Vine School Benefit

The First United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir, the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Choir, the Victoria Civic Chorus, and the Victoria College Choir will perform a benefit concert for the Vine School on Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 4102 N. Ben Jordan.  Admission is free and open to the public. In order to support the school, a donation of $10 per person is encouraged.

The inspiration for this concert was sparked by British composer John Rutter at a summer conference in 2010 attended by VC Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies, Dr.  Marylynn Fletcher.

“[Rutter] was discussing some of his newer works that were commissioned for those living with special needs and later Jim McFarland and I decided we would like to increase awareness of the growing numbers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders,” said Fletcher. “After some discussion, we decided that we would organize a choral benefit concert for the Vine School in Victoria.”

The Vine School is a private school for children ages 2-10 affected by Autism Spectrum disorders.

Each choir will sing several numbers. The combined chorus, numbering about 100 singers, will sing two newer works composed by John Rutter.  The Gift of Music was composed to commemorate a singer who could no longer sing due to Alzheimer’s disease.  The Carol of the Magi was composed at the invitation of the Red Balloon Learner Centre Group which runs numerous learning centers in the United Kingdom that are dedicated to the recovery of severely bullied children.

For more information about the benefit choral concert, please contact Dr. Marylynn L. Fletcher at 572-6425 or marylynn.fletcher@victoriacollege.edu.

Published: Thursday, 24 March 2011
 

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