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The Great Falls College MSU Community Choir In fall of 2014 the Great Falls College & Community Choir was added to the curriculum. Since that time, the ensemble has been busy making a name for itself in the Great Falls community. During its first semester, the ensemble presented seven public performances including: Cambridge Court Senior Assisted Living, First Presbyterian Church, The Mayor’s Office (twice), a Flash Mob at Scheel’s Department Store, and a Holiday Concert on the Campus of Great Falls College MSU. The highlights of the fall semester included receiving a Proclamation from Mayor Winters and an invitation to Carnegie Hall! The spring semester was equally busy with performances and fundraising efforts. The 55 voice ensemble performed for Higher Education Night, Black History Month, and had a return invitation to First Presbyterian Church. The Great Falls College/Community Choir was the featured guest choir at the University of Great Falls Spring Concert. A collaboration with the Great Falls Young People’s Choir also created enthusiasm and interest in the fall and spring semesters. The Spring Concert was a very special experience as we were accompanied by instrumentalists from the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra. The spring semester also included our first efforts in fundraising for our trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Feast of Sweets, held in February, earned approximately $4,000 toward our goal, additionally with a wonderful gift from Ms. Nancy Cameron who gave $50,000 to help the choir get to Carnegie Hall. The Small Vocal Ensemble, a select group of singers from the larger choir, performed on KRTV in the fall, and for the Chamber of Commerce, Highwood School and Tunes on Tap in the spring. It is estimated that the Great Falls College Community Choir has performed for over 1,500 people in its first year in existence. The Humanities/Fine Arts Department of Great Falls College MSU has also hosted events on campus that aim to involve the community in the life of the college. In the fall of 2014, Great Falls College MSU collaborated with the Great Falls Public School system to bring “Ergon” — an art installation featuring the work of over one hundred K-12 art students — to campus. We are working to maintain a revolving art gallery in the Administrative Suite and the Weaver Library. Solero Flamenco, a performing ensemble, was our guest for one week in March. They performed over seven concerts that week for area high schools, dance studios and Spanish language classes culminating in a standing room only concert at the end of the week. For the second year, we hosted artists from the Piatigorsky Foundation. We were pleased to be able to provide recital space for Sarah Raines, soprano and the Yellowstone Chamber Players. These performance options were very helpful for students in the music classes who must attend live performance as part of their class requirements. The Great Falls College/Community Choir has been invited to perform a debut concert in Carnegie Hall on May 30, 2016. On this concert, the choir will feature the music of Montana composers. A trip of this caliber is not inexpensive. Choir members have been working to secure the funding for this opportunity since the invitation was received in the fall of 2014. We hope to meet our fundraising efforts by December of 2015.
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