|The Harbor Choral Festival of Music occupies an important niche, not only in the lives of Western Michigan residents, but also for those of us who cheerfully and enthusiastically travel hundreds of miles every summer to participate.
The chance to work with a world-class musician, Jonathan Willcocks, to sing major works every day with others who love classical music, and to present a concert at the end of the week so that we can share the fruits of our labors with others … these are the things that make life worth living!
A key component of the Festival is the Youth Choir, which provides the opportunity for youngsters to experience the thrill of working together to take the notes off the page and make music … under the baton of Mr. Willcocks, who served for many years as Director of the Junior School of the Royal Academy of Music in England. Children are the future not only of the Festival, but also of choral music itself, and for this generation, with Twittering, Facebook, IM, and texting, the Festival provides an opportunity they can find nowhere else. It’s especially gratifying each year to see how many children who began in the Youth Choir ‘graduate’ to the adult Festival Chorus. Some of the older ones even sing in both!
Great music inspires, comforts, relaxes, and motivates. Please help to sustain the Harbor Choral Festival!