Kenosha Unified School District’s 51st Annual Choral Festival will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Indian Trail High School and Academy field house. This is the first year the event will be held at Indian Trail, which was done to allow for expanded event capacity. The event will showcase over 1,100 students from the elementary, middle, high and charter schools.
Tickets are available online at www.kusd.edu/finearts. All seats are reserved, and patrons can choose between the field house performance venue ($8) or live-feed video auditorium seating ($3). The performance will be streamed live on Channel 20. These events traditionally sell out, and tickets cannot be guaranteed at the door.
This year's guest conductor is Dr. Zachary Durlam, director of choral activities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Durlam will visit KUSD secondary schools to rehearse with choirs on Thursday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 17. The concert will feature performances by 11 individual high school choirs. In addition, there will be combined performances featuring mass choirs from middle and high school, men’s choir and the All-City Elementary Choir.
Participating directors and their schools are Bradley Mann, Bradford High School and Bullen Middle School; Kristen Singer, Harborside Academy; John Choi, Indian Trail High School and Academy; Polly Amborn, Tremper High School; Shannon Robertson, Lance Middle School; Kathleen Crane, Lincoln Middle School; Beth Herrendeen-Smith, Mahone Middle School; Anna Schmidt, Washington Middle School and John Kryl, Kenosha Technology Enhanced Curriculum.
Patricia Black and Jennifer Westover will serve as accompanists for the festival. Scott Plank, coordinator of fine arts, will serve as master of ceremonies.