Grand Valley Children’s Choir instills passion for music at a young age |

Grand Valley Children’s Choir instills passion for music at a young age

Brittany Markert
Grand Valley Children's Choir is made up of around 50 fourth through seventh graders from around the area from Palisade to Fruita.
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WHAT: Grand Valley Children’s Choir auditions

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12

WHERE: Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway, Grand Junction

COST: $170 for new students, $145 for returning members


The Grand Valley Children’s Choir is in its 25th year and has continued to instill a passion for singing.

Children in fourth and fifth grade are invited to audition on Saturday, Sept. 12, for the choir. A parent informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. to sign students up for auditions on Saturday. The information meeting and auditions are set for Redlands Middle School cafeteria (2200 Broadway, Grand Junction). Students can participate through seventh grade.

“We strive to give each child a love for music that can last a lifetime for each child,” said Dazie Kirtland, director of Grand Valley Children’s Choir.

Each year, Kirtland, along with Danielle Behrens and Maddie Taylor, teach around 50 students singing techniques, a variety of music and even foreign languages.

Kirtland explained some pieces are in foreign languages like Latin, Italian, and French. She also added they instill self-esteem and self-worth which “builds up who they are.”

“We build up their confidence as a young child and that can take them far in life,” She said.

The choir performs two to four times a season, which runs September through March. It is a complimentary group with Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, so many performances are in conjunction with the symphony.

“I love that although we do have several concerts each year, we are really more process driven rather than performance driven,” Behrens said. “Because of this, we have the unique opportunity to teach young singers healthy singing techniques, music theory, and introduce them to a wide variety of music literature.”

Practices are held once a week, which is spent teaching age appropriate vocal techniques and learning how to read music.

“Each voice counts at the children’s choir,” Kirtland said. “It’s important as directors to instill that in our kids.”

Member fees cost $170 for new members for the season, which includes music, a rehearsal T-shirt, concert polo, group photo supplies and more. Returning member fees are $145. Scholarships are available.

The first concert is set for Nov. 9, at Grand Junction High School. The concert is the Colorado Choral Directors Concert, which includes performances by Colorado Mesa University top choir members, and select high school choir students.

“We really are promoting a life-love love of music,” Behrens said.

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