Hello, Kimberly Choir Community!
We are Grant Colling and Callie Grones, both seniors in Concert Choir, and we are your 2020-21 Choir Council Co-Presidents. For the first time in KHS Choir history, two people have been chosen to serve the choir council in the presidential role, and we couldn’t be happier to be serving and leading this program together.
It makes sense that this is a year to make history, because 2020 has been anything but normal. This has been a wild ride for all of us: what we’ve experienced, seen, heard, felt, and what we’ve constantly had to adapt to. We all have our own stories to tell about how this year has been so far, and that’s why we think this is such a pivotal moment in time.
As the 2020-21 school year approached, we all came into school having different experiences from COVID 19. We had events and vacations cancelled, limited contact with people we love, and even some of our family members having contracted the virus themselves. Early on in the year, with all of the craziness and unknowns we faced, we as a choir community discussed what makes this year different from other years. We talked about how it’s difficult to wear masks all day, especially when trying to sing and create beautiful music together. We talked about physical distancing, how we can’t socialize like we used to or just be together in the same ways. We, not only as a choir community, but as a society, have needed to learn new ways to adapt to change. It’s been challenging.
But even more importantly, we talked about what has stayed the same. We gather together because of our passion for music. We gather together because of our desire for excellence and strength that is the Kimberly Choir program. But we think most importantly, we gather for each other, to be with each other and to feel the connection that is formed when we take that first breath and begin to sing. We gather because though we are all different people, we are connected by what we love.
In times like these we need to remember how and why we rise out of a place of darkness like this. Concert Choir will sing a song called “A World Gone Quiet,” a new choral composition written specifically for the victims of COVID-19, and we would like to call your attention to one of the phrases in the music:
“Like the Sun which never dies, we will rise.”
This short, simple phrase says it all. As a choir community, group of people, friends, family, and ultimately the whole world, we are the Sun. We, as a collective whole, possess what we need to get ourselves out of this situation together. Showing love and care for one another can give us the strength to be able to rise up. We lift up someone, they lift up someone else, then that person lifts up someone else, and it continues on and on. We as a society will be able to heal the hurt that has been felt by all of us. We will make it through together. We will rise together -- and we will become stronger together.
We are in the process of putting together a virtual performance during these fall months. Please stay tuned for more details! We thank you for your support of the Kimberly Choirs!
Hello parents, students, alumni, and friends of the Kimberly High School Choirs!
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and so is our Winter Choir Concert, Wintertide, on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kimberly High School Auditorium. I would like to invite you to come share a night of music with us!
Like many people, winter is not my favorite season of the year. Although it comes with cold snow and piercing winds, I try to appreciate the beauty of the winter weather, as well. A song that Concert Choir will be performing paints the picture of a peaceful winter scene. The poem reads, “The deep cold comes, and even the great pond is frozen, dusted with snow, luminous under Venus, the moon, suburban lights on the dark hills.” Next time you look outside at the snow, look past the slush. See how the snow lies still, sparkles brightly, and reflects off of the sun or the moon and stars.
I hope the music that we sing at this year's Winter Choir Concert will also inspire your holiday spirit, leaving you more joyful than when you arrived. As we approach this season of togetherness, each choir is grateful to be able to create music together and share it with you! Our Winter Choir Concert is very important to me during this time of year, as is spending time with friends, family, and people in the community. I cherish each of these relationships, especially when we are able to come together for just a moment in spite of all of the chaos going on in our lives and in the world.
So, take a break from the stress of planning for the holidays and come to our Winter Concert. You will be able to experience our collective growth since our last concert, enjoy some classic carols, hear some songs with a twist, and see some really ugly Christmas sweaters! I look forward to seeing you there!
Hello parents, students, alumni, and friends of the Kimberly High School Choirs!
My name is Justin Torzala and I am the 2019-20 KHS Choir Council President. On behalf of all seven choirs here at KHS, I would like to invite you to join us in the KHS Auditorium on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. for a night of great music. We have been preparing since the first day of school for our Fall Choir Concert: Collage!
During these first weeks of my senior year, I decided to reflect on my experience in this program, going as far back as my freshman year. I dug my way into the archived Google Classroom pages in order to find as many past concert videos as I could, and I watched every single one. I watched with joy and nostalgia as I remembered the songs that have impacted me. All of these concert videos reminded me of how grateful I am for being part of such an amazing choir program.
I reflected on each choir I have been in—the unique sound each one produced, the songs we sang together, and the people making up each group. I thought of all of the people I have met and all the friends I have made since my freshman year—some who have graduated and moved away, but still keep in touch. All of these experiences, choirs, songs, and people have been pieces of my personal “choir collage” so far. They have each played a part in shaping me into the person I am today.
This year, I am already excited about the choirs that are taking shape and will continue to grow throughout the year. I am excited about the experiences we have already had and will continue to have together, about the friends I have made and the people I am learning more about, and about all of the songs we will sing that will contribute to the overall picture—or collage—of Kimberly High School Choirs. A song that Concert Choir has been preparing contains a line that stands out to me when I think of Kimberly Choir: “where music and laughter abide hand in hand.” Our choir is a collection of positive moments that we will remember long after high school.
These moments are essential to our stories, just as every song and every voice is essential to our concert. Each set is planned purposefully by our directors to create a musical collage—to tell a story that encourages deeper reflection. As musicians, we strive to be storytellers who inspire others through our music. I hope you will join us to hear what each choir and each student contributes to the collage.
Thank you for your support. See you at the concert!
Hello, Friends and Family of the Kimberly High School Choirs!
Our last concert of the year, appropriately named Finale, will be held on May 15 at 7:00 pm in the KHS Auditorium. We hope you can come celebrate the past year of music with us!
This concert serves as a grand culmination of all the work we’ve put into our music over the course of the year. We get the chance to perform as an entire choir program one last time. For many of us (especially the seniors), this might be our last choir concert ever. It is so odd to think about the “lasts” of anything. As a senior, this year has seemed to just be a series of lasts -- our last school dance, last AP test, and now the last choir concert. I think that for many of us, this particular finale is the most difficult; we don’t want to let go of the friends and music we've grown up with.
Change is hard in any form. Some of us will be moving from Chorale to Bella Voce, others will be moving from Bella Voce to Concert Choir; still others will be leaving high school all together. What I think gives me the most comfort, though, is that we never really leave the music behind. Even those who might not continue with choir get to keep what they’ve accomplished so far. We get the comfort of turning on the radio and being brought back to the feelings of comfort and safety we felt within the four walls of the choir room. It's one thing that never changes; wherever you go in life, there will be music. One song ending is merely an opportunity for another one to begin.
I hope this concert reminds you how lucky we are to live in a world with music. We can never be truly alone when we are surrounded by music. During this quarter, Concert Choir has been working on a piece called “The Awakening” that describes a world without music. There is a line in that song that I hope stays with you as we move on to new phases of our lives: “Let music never die in me, forever let my spirit sing.”
Thank you for a beautiful year of music!
Hello parents, students, alumni, and friends of the Kimberly High School Choirs!
My name is Klaire Kulas and I am the 2018-19 KHS Choir Council President. Welcome to another year of making music! Our first concert of the year, Collage, will be held in the on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 pm in the Kimberly High School Auditorium.
The idea of a collage is not something you would ordinarily pair with choir. When I think of a collage, my mind goes to a page from a middle school scrapbook. But, as I start my senior year of high school and reflect on the last three years of choir, the idea of a collage seems to be the perfect explanation of how a choir should be.
A collage is a piece of art made by sticking various pieces of a material (like pictures or fabric) together. A choir is made up of individuals uniting their own unique voices to create art. Each piece is vital to the overall work. What makes a collage so beautiful is the individuality of each piece. If each scrap of paper or fabric was exactly the same, we could never experience the rich art that is made. And so it is with a choir, too. Upon reflection, our entire choir program -- all seven choirs -- could be considered a collage. Each choir makes their own unique contributions to every concert cycle. Each choir has its own distinctive sound that compliments the other choirs and ultimately forms who we are -- the Kimberly High School Choirs.
I’ve found that "Let my Love Be Heard", a piece to be performed by Concert Choir, perfectly emulates the idea of creating a collage. This piece poses many challenges for Concert Choir, particularly the dreaded ‘ah’ section. The melody builds with repeated triplet patterns being passed between the alto and soprano sections while the tenors and basses gradually build on the lyrics ‘let my love be heard’. As we were working, Mr. Popke reminded us that it wasn’t a battle between sections, rather collaborative growth. Each part was lovely independently, but the stunning, ethereal feeling that this piece gives can only be achieved when the parts work in harmony. This idea is perfectly applicable to a collage. No one piece of the puzzle can attain the beauty of the full picture.
As we gather together for our first concert of the year, I look forward to hearing the collage our voices will create -- and how they will grow and change over the coming year. I know what we start with on October 16 will not be the same sound we finish with in June. As we progress as individuals, our collective choir program can only continue to mature. I hope that all of you will have the opportunity to witness this growth! Thank you all for your support and I hope to see you for our first concert: Collage.
Hello, friends of the Kimberly Choirs!
Our Spring Choir Concert -- Then Sings My Soul -- is on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 pm in the Kimberly High School Auditorium. It would mean a lot to all of us if you would attend! We have put in lots of time learning and memorizing our music and for 29 of us, this is our last high school choir concert.
As a high school senior, this last concert means just a little bit more to me than our other concerts. There are so many emotions that all of the seniors are feeling at this time of the year and it seems that all of those emotions are captured in the songs you will hear in this final concert of the school year. Some songs may make you laugh. Some songs may make you cry. And hopefully, there will be one or two songs that do a little bit of both!
As this concert approaches, I've tried not to think about it too much. As a freshman, I always looked forward to that moment where I get to walk across the stage and hand a flower to my mother as they announce my name and my intentions for the future. Now I just want to avoid that moment. I don't want this to end. Many of us are going to be in tears as we sing our final songs. In my opinion, this concert is going to be more emotional than graduation for most of us.
I look back on these four years of choir and think about how my Kimberly Choir experience has not only helped me to grow as a singer, but also as a person. I’ve learned not to procrastinate. I’ve learned about good work ethic. I’ve learned about what it means to be a leader and a teammate. Maybe most importantly, though, I’ve learned what I want to do for the rest of my life: I’ve decided that I’m going to UW-Oshkosh next year to study music education. I've learned that I want to do this -- choir -- for the rest of my life. The simple thought of that makes me smile.
Our concert theme -- Then Sings My Soul -- signifies a both a departure and a new beginning. We're singing tonight to honor everything that has formed and shaped us during these past four years; we're creating our own song -- something that is deep within ourselves. And then we're going forth into new adventures, some of which will make us laugh, cry, or both.
As seniors, we hope that we have left a positive lasting impression on our directors and our fellow choir members. We remember and honor the songs that we have song, the choir experiences we have had, the friends that we have made while in choir, and those choir students that will come after us. We hope that they remember us fondly. Something I really wanted to do this year was connect with underclassmen. I wanted to help them feel more comfortable in choirs and I sure hope that they want to continue in choir so that their four years of high school might be as meaningful as mine. I hope for at least some of the underclassmen, I’ve done that. I hope that I've left my mark here.
So... What does your soul sing? What is your song? We hope that you will join us for this concert and ask yourself those questions. When you're in the audience, please be present and enjoy the moment. Let the music do the talking, because like the past four years, this concert will go by far too quickly.
Thank you for your support of the Kimberly Choirs!
Greetings family and friends of Kimberly Choirs!
We are so thrilled to see/hear the excitement surrounding our 2018 District Choral Festival. We piloted this event last year and it was a huge success that showcased the amazing abilities and talents of our choir students at all grade levels!
The special thing about this concert is that it doesn't only feature the high school choirs. Sharing the stage with the intermediate school choirs and the middle school choirs is so much fun! The fact that we all get to come together and sing with our own choirs, and then come together at the end and sing perform the finale with each other is thrilling for all of us. Another awesome thing about this concert is that we’re all performing music that was written by currently living composers. The opportunity to perform at Lawrence Chapel gives us another exciting opportunity to perform in an incredible acoustic.
I won’t ramble on forever, and I’ll let the concert on Friday, February 9 speak for itself. Unfortunately, this concert is already sold out, but you can find the link to the livestream HERE. Hopefully, we’ll see you either at the Chapel, or on the livestream! Thanks for your support!
Hello family and friends of Kimberly Choir!
As the holiday season approaches, I would like to invite you to our Holiday Choir Concert, which will be on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 pm. While ugly sweaters and carols are all jolly and grand, there’s a little more to this concert. The theme for our holiday concert this year, is Sing We All Noel!
There’s quite a bit on our minds this time of year: shopping, baking, wrapping, and decorating! Our stress levels are high when we have a multitude of things to do before the holidays. But this season doesn’t have to be only about all of those things. There’s something special about shopping and preparing our homes and our hearts for this season. There’s something to be said about dragging a little bit of snow in the house after you’ve been outside and having to scrape your car windows every morning. It’s the feeling you get this time of year that you don’t really get any other time of the year. (Or any other state in the country, for that matter!) And at least for me, this is the only time of year I get to see my entire family.
I have two cousins in the military. I have an uncle who is a professional violinist. I have an uncle who works as a head chef 10-12 hour days almost every day. Both sets of grandparents live at least 4 hours away. I don’t get to see them very often, and I think that’s what makes the holidays so special for me -- this is the only time I get to see them each year. When we’re together, all problems are cast aside, and we get to focus on just being together. Eating food, giving gifts, telling stories, and then saying goodbye for one more year.
So, you’re probably asking yourself what in the world this has to do with a high school choir concert?! This time of year I get to sing a whole lot - and not just at this upcoming concert. Each year,the KHS Chamber Choir gets to go out and carol numerous times around the community, and there’s no better feeling than that! Singing is something that I really like to do, and this season gives me a big opportunity to do that! So, please take a break from your shopping, baking, wrapping, and decorating, and come to our Holiday Choir Concert. Let the music of the season help you to remember all this is important about this season. Take my word for it when I say it’s going to be great! I hope to see you there!
Hello, KHS students, parents, teachers, and alumni, and community members!
My name is Sean Lawrence, and I will be serving as the KHS Choir Council President for the 2017-18 school year. It’s always fun for us to start our season with our annual Fall Chor Concert. This concert will be held on Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the KHS auditorium. Our theme for this concert this year is Do You Hear The People Sing?
Ultimately, that is the question: Do you hear the people sing? That can mean whatever you want it to mean. If it means singing in the shower after a long day of work, then that’s what it means to you. If it means hearing protests on television, then that’s what it means to you. Maybe for you, it’s having everyone home for dinner at night. Sure there’s no physical singing, but what that means for you is your own song. Maybe it’s a song that you can’t get out of your head. Maybe something is telling you to wake up early and go on a run. Maybe something is telling you to stay in bed, and watch Netflix all day (but that could also just be the flu talking). Anyway, the point is that hearing people sing can mean so many things to so many different people. That’s part of what makes us all unique!
As I rehearsed the music for this concert, I tried to think about how each of our pieces relates to the theme of the concert. I don’t sing because I think it’s about the talent that we all have. Singing gives me an opportunity to portray a message or a story to someone else; to show all of you what we’re singing about. We, as performers, are trying to send a message. We wouldn’t have concert themes if that wasn’t the case. To sing for enjoyment is one thing, but to sing for yourself or someone else brings forth completely different expectations and emotions.
One of my favorite moments every year is the Friday of Homecoming Week. Not the game. Not the fireworks. Not the halftime show. The photo. Every year we go to the football field to rehearse for the National Anthem prior to the Homecoming game. But before we leave, we all congregate in the choir room. This year, that meant all 178 of us in one room. Then, Mr. Popke will stand up on something and take a picture of everyone in the room. Every year that picture gets bigger. Every year Mr. Popke will have to stand on something even taller in order to be able to take the picture. So each and every year, we have more and more people singing. Do you see them? Do you hear them? Whether you’re a freshman in your first year of choir, or the Vice President of Choir Council, you still have an equal share in our big choir family. And yes, that freshman in Chorale just might be the Vice President of Choir Council their senior year.
So, if you just want to hear some people sing, come to our fall concert. But I give fair warning, you may end up leaving with more than just that. I hope to see you at the concert! Thanks for your support!
Autumn Gomez-Tagle '17 | Choir Council President
Greetings parents, students, alumni, and community members!
As a member of the Class of 2017, I’m used to looking forward -- not back. At this time of year, my classmates and I are anticipating the major changes that will soon be upon us. Faced with so many changes, I’ve been taking the opportunity to look back on the last four years.
As I reflect on my life pre-adulthood, I realize that I don’t remember the minutia of my day to day high school experience. Instead, I remember the people and things who mattered to me, who lifted me up, who taught me how to be a good person; a stronger person.
When I was a freshman, Claire Powling -- that year’s Choir Council President -- noticed that I was blushing so hard I barely looked human and was noticeably anxious. She took me aside after a rehearsal and said “you don’t have to be nervous. We were all scared when we started, you have no reason to worry. You’re doing just fine”. That touched me deeply at the time, and I don’t think it’s something I’m ever going to forget. That’s the moment I felt at home here at KHS and in our choir program.
The thing I have learned most in the last four years is that home is so much more than a geographic location. Home is the place where you create your fondest memories. Home is the people who stood by you and helped you discover who you really are. Home is the late night rehearsal memories. It is your parents helping you study and it is the friends you make and lose. Home is the mistakes you make and the people who pick you up when you fall. Through our lives, we carry with us remnants of our youth; memories that have shaped us into the people we are today. Whatever it may mean to you, home is what makes us who we are.
And so, I hope that you will join us at our final concert of the year: Coming Home. The concert is this Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the KHS Auditorium. Admission is free. Thank you for your support of the Kimberly Choirs!