Music brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. A growing group in Sioux Falls is also working to bring the gift of music to children.
The Sioux Falls Children’s Choir started in 2015. The non-profit’s goal is to help the youth of all backgrounds connect through music. Wednesday, they got a chance to show off that musical ability in front of a large crowd.
The Harlem Globetrotters are taking the court in front of thousands at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Before the game could get underway, the voices of more than 30 children ring out in the events center.
It’s a day many of these children were looking forward to.
Leland Steva: What are you most excited for?
Michael Rosas: To watch the game and to sing the national anthem.
The choir has sung in front of large audiences before, including the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Men’s Division-II College Basketball National Championship Game, but they were still pumped.
“Singing here I guess this is one of our biggest places we have ever sung at I guess,” 12-year-old Camdyn Ernster said.
The choir is made up of students third through eighth grade, all with different backgrounds. There’s no audition needed to be a part of the group, so anyone can take part.
“By joining the choir we help kids develop their musical skills but we also help them work on leadership skills and help them to learn how to work as part of a team while doing things we also try and have a lot of fun. We play a different icebreakers and different performance opportunities throughout the year,” Executive Director Jaclyn Lange said.
It’s something that these children are happy to be a part of.
“I like how there’s like different age groups 3rd to 8th grade so we like all can like talk about our past experiences like to look forward to and your singing experiences,” Ernster said.
Now with a new experience these kids won’t forget.
The choir will be putting on a Summer Day Camp on June 24 from 3 to 6:30 p.m., ending with them singing the national anthem at the Sioux Falls Canaries game.