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!
Grant Colling '21