Curwensville Area High School’s select choir, like other Clearfield County high school musical groups, lost its spring performance season when schools closed in mid-March because of a stay-at-home order associated with slowing the spread of COVID-19.
“When school closed March 13, choir members were six days away from the presentation of the school’s musical. We were ready to go and then nothing — the schools closed,” said the high school’s Director of Choirs Jacob Mandell.
Mandell said to give the choir members, made up of approximately 16 students in grades 10-12 and recent graduates, an opportunity to perform, a one-day summer concert tour has been scheduled. The choir is a breakout group from the senior high chorus, Mandell said, adding, students must audition and are selected to perform. “The students that are involved in the select choir are highly involved. They are not only musicians, they are athletes and often at the top of their class. They are very well-rounded,” he explained.
Many of the choir’s members have also performed in district, regional and state-level music festivals and competitions, Mandell added.
The select choir will perform two concerts Friday, July 17. The first concert will be at 5 p.m. at the Riverwalk’s amphitheater in Clearfield. The second will be at 7:30 p.m. at Irvin Park in Curwensville.
In the event of inclement weather the concerts will be moved to Saturday, July 18. The Riverwalk concert will begin at 11 a.m. and the Irvin Park concert at 1 p.m. An announcement of any change in dates will be made on Curwensville Area School District’s website and the district’s Facebook page.
Each show will include a wide selection of musical genres. “There will be folk songs, historical anthems from the 1600s and even a Billy Joel tune. We have tried to have a little something for everyone,” he noted.
Mandell said the tour provides an opportunity for the choir’s members to express their love of music and singing.
“These students have not been doing anything much with the arts. The idea came up to allow them to have this experience. It will be fun for them and get the community engaged. Because the concerts are outdoors we will be able to host them in a safe manner and follow directives for social distancing,” Mandell said.
He said both concerts are free but if those attending the concerts are inclined to make a donation to the select choir, checks should be made out to the Curwensville Music Boosters.
Mandell thanked both the school district’s administration and the music boosters for their support and permission to allow the concerts to be performed.