Conductor and composer, Curtis Kettler, had a crazy idea to start a new choral ensemble a few years back. From that idea the group Magpies and Ravens was born. This chamber choir is made up of half professional vocalists and half high school singers. All of the singers are compensated, but the student's compensation comes in the form of college scholarship and mentorship from the professional singers.
One of the student members, Anthony Nyamira, shared this gem when describing his experience as a member of the ensemble. "Regardless of what happens throughout rehearsal, being a confident singer and expressing yourself freely is essential to becoming a great singer", said Nyamira when asked about what he has learned from the professional mentors in the group.
I find this ensemble's model to be truly innovative and it is a model that I hope expands to other cities around the country.
If you want to hear more about the student's experience participating in Magpies and Ravens and hear them sing in this week's episode of Sing to Inspire, click the audio player above. To watch a video of a recent performance by the ensemble, click the video player below.
#SingToInspire Performance of the Week
Earth Song- arr. Frank Ticheli
Magpies and Ravens, performer
Curtis Kettler, conductor