Angels Sing, Inc. Celebrates Ten Years of Music

Sunday, March 18, the combined choirs of Angels’ Sing, Inc. presented their Spring Concert. For 10 years, children from St. Isaac Jogues School in Hinsdale have delighted audiences and amazed themselves with their award-winning performances. Since its inception in 2002, nearly 2000 students have been involved in this “no cut” activity. In its first year, 47 students signed up for the choir; current enrollment is close to 200 which represents one third of the student body, making it the largest activity at St. Isaac’s.

As with any successful endeavor, there is a back story to this group. From the start, this program has depended on the support of parents. Judy (Curcio) Floodstrand and Ami (Tully) Lotka met in high school where they performed in the plays, musicals and choir. They wanted to find a way to make sure their children could have the same positive experiences, so they teamed with Jenny Mather, a music education professional. Using her ideas and their organization, the choir started to take shape. Julie Petrando, a music teacher at Hubble Middle School in Wheaton, was brought on as Creative Director. Julie immediately envisioned more than one choir: her vision included three choirs and a “show choir”. As the vision started to become reality, Ami prepared to move on, but her advice to the group was “incorporate”; and in 2007 Angels’ Sing, Inc. was incorporated as a not-for-profit in the state of Illinois. During the ensuing years, the group has “expanded beyond our expectations”. Angels Sing offers more than just musical experience to the participants. Life skills such as poise, confidence, responsibility, teamwork and stage presence prove invaluable to the students. They form friendships for life. While not everyone can perform a solo, everyone can learn how to “blend”. Even students who can’t sing find a niche in the choir as crew.

Current board members stress the support of the school and importance of volunteerism. “This program could not exist without the continued support of the parents and community.” There are so many areas where the parents help out, including publicity, costumes, transportation, stage/set, equipment set-up and more. St. Isaac’s provides the space for weekly rehearsals. Students pay a fee to participate; without the continued support of parents, fees would be higher and the choir could not possibly offer so many opportunities. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of Angels Sing, Inc., they have made it possible for us to continue to grow and expand our offerings to include trips to Disney World.”

Cadence Show Choir is still on air from the Chicagoland Showcase Competition held March 2 where they were named “Grand Champion”. This is not their first Grand Champion, nor will it be the last. All of these choirs are destined for more successful seasons. Congratulations of a successful ten years as we look ahead to the future.

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