The 9th Annual Steuben County Choir Festival will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ind.
This annual event combines four area high school choirs, joining male and female voices to foster creativity in song. The four high schools participating are Angola, Fremont, Hamilton, and Prairie Heights, respectively. Each school will perform two songs individually with the final four selections combining the high schools with a total number of 110 voices.
This year, guest clinician Brenda Butler will be directing the combined choir after an all-day clinic. She is the choral director at Elkhart Memorial High School, where she teaches and directs jazz choir, concert choir, and Madrigal singers, and assists in various contests throughout the year.
The clinic will be an intense rehearsal polishing notes, adding artistic expression and an opportunity for each student to meet new singers while developing their talents.
Songs this year include “Africa,” a 1980s hit by the group Toto, a selection of three short Spanish songs –“Tres canciones de los Elementos,” an American folk song titled “The Cuckoo,” and an African-American spiritual, “Soon, I Will Be Done.”
There is a small admission fee.