Hinsdale Central alto interns with a cappella program

Kerry Koznarek, an alto from Hinsdale Central High School, was among eight high school students representing six Chicago-area schools in an a cappella internship program.

The program gives high school students a full year of musical and administrative training and mentoring with Chicago a cappella’s singers, directors, board members and arts administrators. Selected through a competitive audition process, Chicago a cappella High School interns gain skills to help further their musical ambitions, including how to rehearse collaboratively, how to sing at a high level in a small a cappella ensemble, and how such activities are supported behind the scenes by a nonprofit organization.

The students meet regularly and rehearse as an ensemble, attend Chicago a cappella rehearsals, learn from staff members and other professional mentors, and assist with concert production. In addition to performing at the Youth Choral Festival in October, the interns will conclude the internship program with a performance at Chicago a cappella’s gala event on May 2, 2015.

The other students include a soprano from Whitney Young High School; a soprano and bass from Northside College Prep; an alto and tenor from Riverside Brookfield High School; a tenor from Walter Payton College Prep; and a bass from Evanston Township High School.

Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 21st season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller.

Chicago a cappella’s educational outreach programs strive to promote and improve the life-long performance, understanding and appreciation of a cappella vocal music through programming, mentorship and collaboration with schools and community organizations in Chicago and beyond.

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