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Alumni Spring Sing 2017

Alumni, current singers, and staff gathered for Spring Sing the weekend of March 17-18.  We sang at Garden Villas in Town and Country to a very appreciative audience!

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Alumni Spotlight

In Memorial

The St. Louis Children’s Choirs family was saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of alum Holly Fricks Yoakum (’94) on February 13, 2017.  We were pleased to feature her as our alumni spotlight in our 2016 Holiday Concert program, and share her story with you now as we remember her life.

Holly Yoakum

Holly Fricks Yoakum, class of 1994

“I have so many great memories of choir, but by far the fondest are travelling and making music with my friends.  We visited a school in Russia where we sang and got to interact with other children, trading pins and buttons with them.  I still have these pins.  And because of SLCC, I got to sing in Carnegie Hall twice!  Even on the trips that don’t seem as glamorous, I got to go new places, meet new people, and learn new and interesting music.”

“I tell people that joining and remaining in choir is the second-best decision I’ve ever made.  (Choosing to marry my husband gets top billing.)  It formed me in ways that I never could have imagined.  Of course the tour opportunities exposed me to different people and places and cultures, and created a love for travel and an openness to things outside of my own day-to-day world.  There were also amazing lessons Mrs. Sparfeld taught us about discipline and fun and priorities and love and music and commitment.  She valued each of us as individuals who had so much to contribute to choir but also to contribute to the world.  She wanted us to be present and prepared, but she understood that choir wasn’t our whole life. She spent time knowing and talking to each of us.  She cared not just about our musical development but our personal development.  I loved her, and I am better because I knew her.”

“I am now working at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri as the managing attorney of the Lasting Solutions unit, which assists low-income victims of domestic violence in legal and social work matters.  About six years ago I also began singing in a choir again.  Bel Canto is a women’s ensemble that started with nine members in 2006.  We’ve grown to about 25 members, and three of us are SLCC alumni!  We’re doing Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols for our holiday program this year.  I first learned this in Chorale or Concert Choir more than 20 years ago, but I can still sing it — much from memory — as though that was yesterday.  The music stays with you.”

Our alums go on to change the world in ways great and small, and we remember Holly and her contributions to our community!

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Mike Bosner ’04

“I came to The St. Louis Children’s Choirs to explore a love of singing, music, and art. The Choirs provided a place where I was able to learn more about my love, hone my craft, and share that gift with others.

I look back on my time with Mrs. Berner and the choirs so fondly. I knew music was something I loved, but had no idea that it was something one could do as “work.”  All those years of standing in the alto section turned out to engrain such a deep passion for music and art that I ended up finding a way to incorporate it into my life. In a way, it found me.
Music is a part of who I am. Through it I have found something I love, something that is my passion, and something I’m happy sharing with the world on a daily basis.  My time at The St. Louis Children’s Choirs was where I first learned of this love so really, it’s where it all began. For that I will be eternally grateful.”
Mike Bosner is one of the two lead producers of the Tony, Olivier, and Grammy winning show, BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical. BEAUTIFUL is entering it’s third smash year on Broadway, it’s second year in London’s West End, and mid way through it’s first national tour, which is playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre early 2016. Upcoming international productions of BEAUTIFUL will be seen in Australia, Japan, South Africa, Germany, Scandinavia, and across the UK with an additional British National Tour. A film of BEAUTIFUL, produced by Tom Hanks and Sony Pictures, is in the works and which Mr. Bosner will also oversee. Previous to Beautiful, Mr. Bosner served five seasons as Associate Producer of The St. Louis Muny. There he oversaw more than 35 productions alongside Executive Producer and now producing partner, Paul Blake.

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