The Amy Ferguson Institute will host a weekend of choral singing led by conductor Dr. Marc A. Hafso Sept. 23 to 24.
Currently at Whitworth University, Spokane, Dr. Hafso taught choral singing in Camrose and Grande Prairie, Alberta. He also developed the first jazz choir in Northern Alberta and is equally at home leading inspirational choral programs.
“The opportunity to sing with a conductor of Marc’s stature is not to be missed,” says Dianna Ducs, president of the Amy Ferguson Institute (AFI). “For AFI, it is a wonderful way to further enhance the vocal arts in the West Kootenay and bring together vocalists from across Canada and the USA.”
Dr. Hafso will work on an array of interesting and stimulating material, ranging from the “Kyrie” from Beethoven’s Mass in C major, and Steven Chatman’s “Run Children Run,” to “I’ll Be Seeing You” in an arrangement by Phil Mattson. Registration is open to both adults and youth. By registering in advance, choristers can receive the music and familiarize themselves with the material. Participants should have some choral experience, and although the ability to read music will be an asset, it is not strictly required. Kathleen Neudorf, well known in the Nelson area for her work with the Nelson Choral Society and the Cottonwood Singers is enthusiastic about Choral Weekend 2016.
“Marc’s reputation in Alberta was solid — people had respect for what he did and that he demanded a high level of musical expertise and commitment from his singers. I am excited about his coming to Nelson and am intrigued to see what he offers the singers here.”
Named to honour the life and legacy of Amy Ferguson, a much loved music teacher and mentor in Nelson, the goal of the Amy Ferguson Institute is to further the vocal arts — both choral and solo — in the West Kootenay. To find out more and to register for the choral weekend visit www.amyfergusoninstitute.ca/choral2016.