Bosque School has a long tradition of hosting visiting choirs, and this year, we were especially excited to, once again, welcome choirs to our campus for in-person visits. Recently, our Cantate and Treble Ensemble were visited by choirs from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), University of New Mexico (UNM), The Concordia Choir, the VOCES8 Scholars, and Apollo5.
While some of the visiting choirs were from New Mexico, several of the choirs visited Bosque School as part of their own national tours. VOCES8 Scholars are a musical ensemble that tours the United States performing a capella and often works in collaboration with other musical groups, Apollo5 is an award-winning British musical ensemble, and The Concordia Choir from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota is widely recognized as one of America’s finest a capella choirs.
ENMU’s choir and The Concordia Choir each have a special connection to Bosque School—alum Grace Wilkins ‘21, a current ENMU choir member, performed and shared about her collegiate choir experience, and our very own Choir Director Joanna Hart was a member of The Concordia Choir while she was in college. In fact, the current Concordia Choir Director Dr. Michael Culloton was a classmate of Ms. Hart’s, and they both toured with the choir in Albuquerque in 1997.
These visits allow our Bosque School choir students to experience and appreciate performances from different types of choirs and also provide them with the opportunity to perform for the visiting choirs. Ms. Hart said, “I think the visits have been inspiring for our students to see the many ways they can continue to sing in college and beyond. In particular, there were pieces of music that students want to sing next year in choir!”