Community Choristers

MCF_childrens_choirs_logo_1About Our Program

Music Connections Foundation’s Community Choristers has a mission to enhance children’s lives through rich, engaging experiences in a quality singing ensemble. Music Connections believes that every child is musical, and that those innate abilities can be enhanced when children participate in Community Choristers. Further, MCF believes that children’s non-musical skills such as reading, literacy, social skills and even physical skills can be fostered through experience in our program.

The curriculum will include exposure to basic singing concepts such as breathing, posture, pitch matching, and rhythm, and the child’s “head voice” will be fostered and developed using proper singing technique. Basic music reading skills will also be introduced.

Weekly rehearsals and at least two performances per school year will be a regular part of the program; the performance experiences help children strive for excellence and understand “artistic-level” preparation, while doing so in an encouraging, non-pressured atmosphere.

Other founding principles include:

  • MCF Community Choristers encourages participation by girls and boys, Ages 6-12, throughout Central Illinois
  • MCF Community Choristers seeks to promote socialization and “community” across all socio-economic and racial boundaries, and desires an all-inclusive composition in its ensembles.
  • MCF Community Choristers will experience and perform a variety of music from all genres, cultures and religions.
  • MCF Community Choristers Founding Ensembles are open to all children and will not require a vocal audition.
  • MCF Community Choristers will at all times foster principles of respect and responsibility, both among members and in association with adults.

About Our Director

Angela2Angela Bargmann is a licensed K-12 music teacher who moved to Bloomington in 2010 from St. Paul, Minnesota where she taught and directed music in schools, churches and children’s theater companies. Since moving to Central Illinois, she has music directed shows for Corn Stock Theatre and Community Players and serves on the Board of Directors for Prairie Fire Theatre. She currently directs choirs at Trinity Lutheran Church and teaches private voice and piano lessons. Angela lives in Bloomington with husband Jim and two children – Nathan, age 6 and Elizabeth, age 2. Angela is very excited to begin work with Music Connections Foundation. Children have such great potential in music. Their capabilities combined with freedom and creativity in expressing ideas and emotions makes them a joy with whom to work! She can’t wait to share her love of music with a group of children through this project.

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