Rebekah Christensen, 9, of Portales is excited to get a delicious solo line in “Chocolate,” the final song in a children’s choir performance noon today in Buchanan Hall at Eastern New Mexico University.
Christensen said “Hot fudge with all the fixins has become a cute addiction” is the line she will sing in the production.
The show will also include three other songs, “Elijah and Joshua,” “All Ye Who Music Love” and “Morning Star,” sung by 22 children, ranging from third grade to eighth grade.
“I am so pleased with how hard they worked all week and the effort they put into being successful by the end of the week,” said camp Choir Director Heather Vest, who teaches music at ENMU and for the Melrose school district. “The biggest thing I’ve learned is that my love for the children and directing the choir keeps growing beyond what I ever imagined.”
Vest said she taught a children’s choir over a three-month semester last fall in which her students gave a Christmas performance at the end.
She said she gave the week-long summer course for free as a way to make the program available to everyone in the community and to see how many children would be interested.
“The reaction is overwhelmingly positive,” Vest said. “The parents have been really supportive and I’m really excited to work with such a supportive community.”
Vest said the choir’s piano player, Heather Christensen, has been a valuable part of the success of the choir and the show would not have been as successful without her help.
Awesome, fun and great were words used by several of the children who attended this week’s camp as they laughed and sang during their final practice Thursday afternoon.
Kylie Niece, 8, said she enjoyed the camp because she likes to sing.
“I want to be in a concert when I grow up,” Niece said. “I like singing.”
“I thought it was fantastic,” Alexis Garcia, 11, said. “One day, I’d like to be like my famous uncles who tour around the world and see different types of cultures.”
Garcia said her uncles tour in their band, Los Huracanes Del Norte.
Lauren Bagwell, 12, said she attended both the fall and summer choirs and thought both were “awesome.”
“I’ve always liked to sing,” she said. “And it gave me the opportunity to do that.”
Vest said she is looking forward to the children’s performance today.
“It’s really showing off those music selections we’ve learned and showing parents what we’ve done all week,” Vest said. “It will allow them to see what their children would be doing in the fall course.”