March 20, 2017: A group of warbling youth in the form of the Milton Show Choir (MSC) spent last week taking Alberta by storm.
The group of 18 senior choir members plus music directors Melanie Silva and Bob Hall; and board president Marilyn Silva spent the March break on tour in Alberta.
This year marks MSC’s fifth year of operation, and they wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. They decided on a tour out west, covering Calgary, Edmonton, and Banff. Alberta was perfect; Calgary is home to the Youth Singers of Calgary, who generously hosted the MSC group. While in Calgary, the MSC singers took part in joint rehearsals, vocal and choreography master classes, a social night at the Jubilations Calgary Dinner Theatre, and a joint performance on their last night in town.
The fun didn’t stop from the time they landed until the time they boarded the plane to return home. The MSC group visited several iconic sites in Calgary, including the Calgary Tower, and historic Fort Calgary, and during their stay in Edmonton hit the Telus World of Science and world-famous West Edmonton Mall. Banff National Park was a picture-perfect adventure which included overtaking an outdoor hockey rink for skating shenanigans in Lake Louise, a sleigh ride as a light snow fell around them, and the not-to-be-missed Banff Hotsprings.
This fifth anniversary trip was the first major tour for the MSC singers, but with its resounding success, plans are currently being discussed for their next major bi-annual tour; Walt Disney World, Florida.
Closer to home, their next sojourn will include competing at the Show Choir Canada Nationals at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto on April 7 & 8, 2017. Last year they competed for the first time and won Best New Show Choir, 1st Place Arts/Community Division and Best Choreography.
Milton Show Choir is a not-for-profit organization, directed by Melanie Silva and Bob Hall, offering multiple show choirs for children in grades two through high school. Online registration for next season is currently open, details available at miltonshowchoir.ca. In addition to growing their musical abilities, kids learn dance, engage in team building, and generally have a really good time.
On June 10, 2017, the competitive MSC Gleam and Flare choirs, along with the younger recreational Spark choir present their annual showcase; Gleeful 2017! at the John Elliott Theatre in Georgetown. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.