This week’s featured staff member is Laura Dallman. Laura is our Boychoir accompanist. She has worked with the FWCC in some capacity for the past three years. First she was a guest artist, and then she joined permanently as the Boychoir accompanist.
Laura grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, and has lived all of her life in Indiana, save a short summer stint at a music festival in Vail, Colorado. She currently teaches music appreciation, class piano, and music history at IPFW and Ball State University. Laura earned a Bachelor’s of Music (Piano Performance) at Ball State University, a Master of Arts (Musicology) Indiana University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Musicology) Indiana University.
1- What do you like best about working with FWCC? I like the positive atmosphere that the FWCC creates and encourages, both for the students and the staff.
2- What is your favorite FWCC memory? I was just tickled when the Boychoir sang “Johnny Schmoker” at a dress rehearsal and the rest of the FWCC gave them thunderous applause. The boys looked so excited!
3- How would you describe the culture of FWCC? I would describe the culture of FWCC as inviting and caring.
4- In your own words, why should a child consider joining FWCC? I think children should consider joining FWCC because they will meet other children of all ages that love music and singing. From a more educational standpoint, I know they will receive quality music education, too.
Since our inception 44 years ago, we have had the pleasure of sharing in the lives of thousands of talented young people. Periodically, we will share stories from some of our alumni. Today, we’d like you to meet Rachel Haywood.
We asked her some questions about her time with FWCC and what she’s up to now.
1- When were you a part of the FWCC?
I was involved with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir from 2005-2015.
2- What is your favorite FWCC memory?
Trying to pick one favorite memory is literally impossible, but I can say that each year was better than the last, and I cherished each local, national, and international opportunity that I got to share with my friends! We became family. I really enjoyed the little moments.
3- How did involvement with FWCC impact your life?
Singing with the FWCC has been by far the most rewarding experience of my life. I learned important life lessons right next to the invaluable music skills that have shaped me to be the person I am today. I may have graduated 2 years ago, but I still have memories and skills from my time with the FWCC.
4- What are you doing now?
I am about to start my junior year of college at Ball State University where I am studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Professional Writing and Emerging Media. I look forward to becoming more involved around my college campus!
5- Is there anything else you’d like to share?
FWCC has the potential to change anyone’s life. I recommend the program to everyone, no matter their age or singing ability. Even if someone involves themselves for a year, they will experience a wide range of musical and cultural opportunities that will teach them more than they can imagine. I still keep in touch with a lot of choir friends including one I’ve roomed with at college and it’s easy to catch up like we never left. Friends are family.
The first picture is of Rachel Haywood and fellow alumna Sarah Ceckowski (her freshman year college roommate) on their first international trip to England in summer of 2011. The second is one of her high school senior pictures from 2015.
If you’d like to share your alumni story, email Amber Foster at email@example.com.
The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir invites youth, in grades 3 – 12, to participate in our auditions. Open to any singer interested in pursuing their love for singing and passion for choral excellence, auditions are free and with no obligation. All ensembles of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir sing at season concerts, community festivals, civic events, and collaborate with many other arts organizations, such as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Ballet, Heartland Sings, and others.
Students will be placed in the choir that best suits their needs. FWCC offers participation assistance for qualifying families.
The Audition: Potential FWCC members are tested on pitch matching, rhythmic skills, and music theory. The audition session is meant to be relaxed, fun, and non-intimidating, and takes approximately 30 minutes and usually includes 4-6 children of the same age. A parent information session is conducted at the same time. Following the session, the level of choir is determined for which the singer is ready. The child/parents/guardian is contacted with more information following the audition decision process. Singers may participate in a Fort Wayne or Whitley Community audition and designate at that time where they want to participate.
AUDITION DATES for 2017-18:
In Fort Wayne: Monday, May 22 – Thursday, May 25
4:30 – 6:00 pm: 30-minute sessions
IPFW Rhinehart Music Center
In Whitley County: Tuesday, May 16, 3:30-5:30 pm AND Wednesday, May 17, 4:30-6:30 pm
Peabody Public Library
To register, or for more information, please call the FWCC office, 260.481.0481, or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 19-23, 2017, 1pm to 4pm
IPFW Rhinehart Music Center
The Community Arts Academy at IPFW is hosting a Summer Children’s Choir Choral Camp. Join in the fun and learn more about the art of singing. Under the direction of Susan LaCroix of Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, singers will be introduced to basic music theory through musical games, instruction, and, of course, singing. The week culminates in a short program for parents and family members. This camp is for students entering 1st-6th grade in fall 2017.
About the Director
Susan LaCroix is in her 21st year with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, directing the Apprentice Choir and Preparatory Program. A native of Minnesota, she received a bachelor of arts in education from Concordia University in River Forest, IL, and additional training in the child’s voice, conducting, and Level One Kodály Certification at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She is a music education specialist and band director at Holy Cross Lutheran School and has taught music education at IPFW, Unity Lutheran School, and Southwest Allen County Schools. Her three daughters are alumnae of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.
A closing concert open to the public will take place Friday, June 23, at 4:15pm in Rhinehart Recital Hall.
Five 3-hour sessions: $99
Click here to register online. For more information, call 260-481-6977.