Tricounty News

Minnesota Choirboys gather at Saint John's

The St. John's Boys' Choir will host the first ever Minnesota Boys' Choir Festival this coming Saturday, March 14 at Saint John's University. Singers from four of Minnesota's boys' choirs will spend the day at the historic campus singing together, playing together and making new friends. More than 150 singers will participate in the days' activities which will culminate in a concert in the Great Hall.    The St. John's Boys' Choir was founded in 1981 to provide musical and cultural experiences for boys in Central Minnesota. This concert season, the choir has been focusing on serving the community that has supported it for 28 years. Collaborative partners this year include the SCSU Cantabile Girls' Choir, Nu-Way Missionary Baptist Church, Minnesota Center Chorale, and the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota.   This Saturday, the choir extends its outreach to serve the greater Minnesota community as they play host to four of the state's five community boychoir organizations. Visiting Saint John's will be the Minnesota Boychoir from St. Paul (Mark Johnson, director), the Land of Lakes Choirboys from Elk River (Francis Stockwell, director), and the Central Minnesota Boy's Choir from Staples (Mary Moen, director).   The final concert will take place at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall at Saint John's University and will feature each of the choirs performing their own repertoire, and then joining together at the end for a performance of Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom". Admission for the concert is a free will offering. All are welcome.