Choirs team up to help students battling cancer

University of Missouri St. Louis Choir students and vocal staff have teamed up with North County High School Vocal Music Department to help raise money for two students battling cancer.

The North County High School Vocal Music Department will be hosting a joint concert with students and vocal faculty from the University of Missouri-St. Louis for an exciting collaboration of “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing” on Monday evening.

North County High School Director of Vocal Music Allyn M. Rizo said this joint concert will be held in the North County High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday and will feature both the local choirs of North County High School, Middle School and the visiting collegiate choir.

“This concert was planned back in the spring, when Dr. James Henry, the director of choirs at UMSL, visited our choir classes to recruit our students for a summer vocal camp that he hosts every year,” said Rizo. “I am excited to introduce my students to a collegiate level ensemble so that we can be inspired to become better musicians through this collaboration.”

Rizp added UMSL will be bringing two of their performing ensembles, the University Singers, who have been selected to perform at this January’s Missouri Music Educator’s Convention and their chamber/vocal jazz ensemble, Vocal Point.

“We are excited to share the stage with the outstanding choirs of North County High School and their incredible director, Allyn Rizo,” Henry said. “We are huge fans of Ms. Rizo and her choirs, which we believe to be among the very best in the state of Missouri. We can’t wait to spend the day making music and learning from one another and the concert will be the icing on the cake.”

Rizo said the students from both NCHS and UMSL will spend the day together singing and rehearsing with one another. She added Henry will be available to provide clinics for the high school ensembles and Rizo will speak to the collegiate students who are currently studying to be music educators.

“They will end their day together by celebrating with a meal provided by the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bonne Terre, with the concert to follow,” said Rizo. “You will not want to miss this concert. The choirs from UMSL are going to bring us some things our North County audiences have not heard before. Our area is very fortunate to have them down for this special performance.”

Rizo said in addition to the wonderful music that will be experienced, patrons will have the opportunity to help some young North County students who are battling cancer.

A love offering will be collected at the door by NCHS Vocal Music Students and divided among the two families within the North County District who are currently fighting this battle.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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