Show choirs hone their hoofing and high notes in Hinsdale
Cadence, a show choir composed of St. Isaac Jogues students, works on its choreography during a workshop Saturday. The choir will compete Feb. 8 in the Main Event Show Choir Invitational in Manteno. | Jon Langham—for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 18, 2013 1:15AM
HINSDALE — About 350 middle school students from Hinsdale, Elmhurst, Wheaton and other communities participated Saturday in a choir workshop, organized by St. Isaac Jogues’ choirs and held in Hinsdale Central High School.
The students, who came from seven different choirs, including St. Isaac Jogues’ Cadence show choir, rotated through four sessions, each lasting an hour, on auditioning, vocals, choreography and overall show. The instructors were teachers and professional entertainers in the area. They worked with the students on numbers that their choirs will perform in competition.
The workshop, called Got Talent, also raises money for the choir program for St. Isaac Jogues students, which was started by parent volunteers and is run by director Julie Petrando.
“Show choir is expensive,” Petrando said.
The money raised by the workshop will be used to offset the cost of costumes, travel and choreographers.
“This is one way for us to raise funds and it’s an opportunity that can benefit and be fun for our students and other students,” Petrando said.
Students from Hinsdale Middle School’s Encore and Showstoppers choirs; Elmhurst’s Bryan Middle School’s The Beat; the Wheaton Junior Ambassadors; Arlington Heights School District 214’s Center Stage; and the Expressions of Hubble Middle School in Wheaton attended the workshop.