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By Brittany Clemons
This year at the Winnipeg Music Festival, Tec Voc's choir and vocal
jazz groups, "Jazzthetics," brought home multiple gold medals. The
choir had performed twice and won gold for both performances; Jazz
choir, "Jazzthetics," also performed twice and won a gold standing as
well. They performed at the Westminster United Church along with other
schools from across Manitoba. The choir started preparing for the
festival before the winter break. They focused on 2 songs prior and
learned 2 new songs for the festival.
Vocal and Jazz choir
teacher, Sonya Williams, practices with the students 5 times a week in
the early mornings and during lunch hours. The Vocal choir practices 3
times a week at lunch for an average of 20-30 minutes; Vocal jazz
choir, "Jazzthetics," practice every school recycling day: 2,4,6, first
period at 7:50-8:55 AM.
Williams has been teaching at Tec Voc
for 11 years and has never seen this type of a success from the
school's choirs. Over the years, the choir has gone to the festival but
never stood out like this before. As Ms. Williams says, "There was
something about this mix of students...They have a mixture of talent,
drive, and hard work...They are open to seeing themselves as
musicians." Williams believes gold medals are not just given away, she
had watched them work and that hard work paid off.
practices, all the basic vocal techniques are taught. They start with a
warm up, then move on to the song on the schedule and
sections one at a time. Williams prefers to work on the hardest part of
the song to remind students that they can beat any challenge given to
them and once they beat it, everything falls into place.
Voc's choir is a comfortable environment where people can connect and
work together doing something that is special to each and every person.
Sometimes rehearsal is paused just to ask questions such as: "What
happened during the break?" Or "Tell me something about yourself that I
didn't know before," to help deepen the family-like bond the choir has
with one another adds Williams.
Choir member, Lilian Talabis,
would take 15-20 minutes out of her day to practice and would often ask
her mom or sister to listen to her. Being a part of choir has not only
improved her singing capabilities but also her personal confidence.
recently participated in the Winnipeg School Production of the Lion
King and says, "I don't think I’d have as much confidence in
preparation for singing if I didn't join choir and learn about singing
techniques. Talabis and her fellow choir members felt like their hard
work paid off and says that her favourite part of choir is the
relationships she's built with the people around her.
will continue practicing until the end of the year and Williams says,
"I'm seeing new hope and they're excited about taking on new challenges
and [to] just keep on aiming higher." Williams hopes that the festival
results encourages people to join, "try something new and to
experience a family."