Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a difference.

This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes the Children’s Choir. June 2016

We are blessed by the beautiful singing provided by our Children’s Choir here at the parish! There are 31 students in the 3rd-4th Grade Choir (some of the kids had to be turned away this year because there wasn’t enough space in church to fit more in!). The 5th-8th Grade Choir has around 20 members.

3rd and 4th Grade Children's Choir

“I am proud of all of my students in Children's Choir,” said Music Director, Mrs. Kathy Parsons. “They work hard in rehearsal, they have enthusiasm for music and singing, and they are amazing witnesses to their classmates, parish, and each other, as they praise God in song.”

"Choir is like praying twice as much, since it is singing prayers!" said fourth-grader Lucy M. "I think little people’s singing makes others happy."

Mrs. Parsons says she can’t say enough about the time and energy her students have generously given. “The 8th graders in choir this year started singing in Children's Choir in 2nd grade—that's seven out of their eight years at Visi—a huge commitment and exceptional dedication! Six of my former Children's Choir members continue to sing regularly in Adult Choir at 10:30 Mass and at the 4:00 Mass.” Mrs. Parsons’ daughter Emily not only sings at the 4:00 Mass…but also plays guitar along with Mr. Tonnis.

Most of the choir members are also soloists or cantors. This takes a lot of preparation.
Mrs. Parsons says that besides the time they spend on these solos at rehearsal and often before or after rehearsal, all soloists receive an mp3 (recorded by Mrs. Parsons) of their solo so that they can practice at home. “It takes guts to stand up in front of 800 students and sing at school Mass or up at the ambo on Sunday,” said Mrs. Parsons, “Preparation is the key!”

The choirs rehearse every Monday evening in church. Each choir rehearses for 45 minutes a week…sometimes more if there are special upcoming events such as First Communion. Many of the 5th-8th grade choir members sang for the First Communion celebrations on April 9 and 16.

5th and 6th Grade Children's Choir

The choirs alternate singing at the weekly all-school Masses on Tuesday mornings. They also sing at four Sunday Masses per year, alternating months throughout the school year. While the children enrich our worship experience…they are also enriching their own. "Choir helps me deepen my relationship with God. We have a lot of fun in choir and all get along. It helps us to get to know other students in different grades who like music,” said sixth-grader Julia P. Third-grader Marisa P. added, “I enjoy singing because I feel God closer to my heart…and it makes me smile. I always hope that other people in church feel the same way when we are singing with them!”

Kudos Corner thanks and salutes the Children’s Choir for their beautiful ministry of music!

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