Biggar, Saskatchewan had a collection of voices on the national stage (in Biggar) recently. The local choir 'Biggar Central School (BCS) Voices' performed at Canada Music Week in Biggar, all thanks to the leadership of senior student and acting Director of the project Clair Mantyka, who also had the help of fellow choir member Minjun Kim.
The "Voices' team is made up of 13 Biggar students in Grades 7-12. The group uses lunch hours to practice, going twice every six days, and using additional practice ahead of events. According to the Sun West School Division release, the group was first led by Mrs. Amy Zhao who teaches music at Biggar Central School 2000.
"The choir performs a huge range of music! In the past this has included have songs in Swahili and Pashto, songs about important historical figures or events, traditional Canadian and Irish folk tunes, Jazz, Christmas carols, tunes from Broadway and acapella numbers."
According to the release, Canada Music Week has been happening in Biggar and across Canada for two decades. It works to highlight Canadian music, and raise money for local festivals such as the Biggar Music Festival that takes place in March. They performed the songs “Royal Hudson,” and “I Am Leaving,”.
Mrs. Zhao was on leave for the recent performance, leaving Mantyka and Kim to execute, rehearse, and do everything else necessary for a strong Music Week performance.
“I think we did really, really well,” stated Ms. Mantyka, “and worked together as a team!”
December 5 is the date for the next BCS Voices performance at the Biggar Carol Festival, featuring two new pieces, and then school recitals and the already mentioned Music Festival are the other dates on the calendar. Coming up the group will have help on arranging songs and providing supervision from Mrs. Dubriel and Ms. Tremblay
Find more comments from Ms. Mantyka, and BCS2000 Vice-Principal Talie Chupik in the official Sun West post here.