The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus' mission is to provide an opportunity for children to learn and perform in an atmosphere of artistic excellence, and by so doing, enrich the artistic life of the community.
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"We know there are neighborhood children who have the desire to sing, but don't have the finances to pay tuition or reliable transportation to get to rehearsals at our main campus in Milwood," said Mr. Fred Sang, the artistic director of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus.
She's an amazing director and what she did to bring this kids along this past year was just a thrill to watch!," said Mr. Sang.
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Mr. Sang is also the director of the Touring Choir, the advanced ensemble of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus.
In addition to his involvement with the chorus, Mr. Sang has had a distinguished career in public education.
He is currently the Director of Choirs at Portage West Middle School where his choirs consistantly receive superior ratings at choral festivals.He has taught music both here and abroad having been the director of choirs at the American Community School of London, England.He has been recognized twice by Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
His theatrical directorial credits include everything from opera to musical comedy and he continues to direct productions locally.
He is a past director of the Kalamazoo Male Chorus, the Voices of Southwest Michigan, and the Messiah Chorus of Southwest Michigan.In addition to his other responsibilities he is the director of the chancel choir at Milwood United Methodist Church.Mr. Sang resides in Paw Paw with his wife, Darlene, who is the director of the Treble Choir of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus.
Joining the orchestra and Ms. Blue, the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, directed by Fred Sang, will delight audiences with their pure sound and excellent musicianship.
Fred SangFred Sang is the Artistic Director and Director for the Touring Choir.Mr. Sang received his undergraduate and graduate training at Western Michigan University.
Mr. Sang retired from Portage Public Schools after thirty-two years of teaching.
During those thirty-two years, he taught in London, England, Constantine, Hartford, Paw Paw, and Portage Michigan.
His public-school choirs received consistent Superior ratings at District and State Choral Festivals.
His students have recognized Mr. Sang by nominating him to Who's Who among America's Teachers nine times.
Mr. Sang is an active clinician and adjudicator for Michigan School Vocal Music Association and under their auspices began a mentor program for new and emerging choral directors in the public schools of Michigan.He was elected by his colleagues around the state to be the SSA Middle School State Honors Choir Director in 2012.
He is also active as a mentor for teachers and maintains an active schedule visiting classrooms in the public schools.
Mr. Sang continues to act as a consultant for and advocate of choral music in the public schools.
He is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America.He is the recipient of the Greater Kalamazoo Arts Council Arts Leadership award for 2015.
The Touring Choir is KCC's most experienced choir, made up of an auditioned ensemble of middle and high school children under the artistic direction of Fred Sang.
The Touring Choir has collaborated with every major musical organization in Kalamazoo and has sung with many artists who visit Kalamazoo to perform at Miller Auditorium and other venues.
Over the years they have also shared the stage with: Numazu Boys and Girls Choir (Japan), Bloemfontein Children's Choir (South Africa), St. Mary's Children's Chorus (Canada) and The Young People's Chorus of New York City (America).
Singing a varied repertoire of sacred and secular music, the Touring Choir has sung throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan.
In 2013 they performed in Rome, Florence, Mezza Villa, and in Venice at the Bacillica of St. Mark's.
Auditions are held by appointment on the last two Saturday's in April 2016 or by e-mailing Artistic Director, Fred Sang, at email@example.com.
Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, directed by Fred SangThe Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is joined by Angel Blue, laureate of Placido Domingo's international Operalia competition, and the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, under the direction of Fred Sang, to light up the stage for our annual Sounds of the Season concert.
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