For the love of music, a small but inspired group of lake area children will raise their voices in song as the Greater Lake Area Chorale's Children's Choir as the curtain rises on their first performance this weekend.
The Children's Chorale will be performing with the GLAC and Lake Notes on Sunday, April 7 at Lake Ozark Christian Church in Lake Ozark. The GLAC is under the direction of Mike Lindeman.
The choir is sponsored by the Greater Lake Area Chorale with students from Camdenton, School of the Osage and Eldon. This is the first year for the children's choir.
John Schendel, a GLAC member and retired teacher, had a vision to find ways to encourage the arts in young people, especially through singing and an appreciation for music. After putting together a request to the GLAC board last year, he was able to acquire funding through Dierberg's, Kohl's, Culver's, and several individuals who love children and music to cover the costs of the children's chorale. The choir that not too long ago was just an idea, has been practicing since February.
On Sunday, Schendel will be among those performing with the students.
To make the children's chorale a reality, Schendel enlisted former School of the Osage teacher Rayleen Platter to work with the children and share the talents that she shared with hundreds of students over the years.
Platter taught for 26 years, all but eight of those were with the music programs at School of the Osage for grades 7-12.
"The children are doing quite well, and have worked well together preparing for their concerts. They are all looking forward to singing and sharing their talent for their families and the community. It gives them a sense of satisfaction to learn the music and prepare it musically," Platter said. "This group gives them another opportunity outside of their school groups to make new friends, singing together, setting goals, and meeting responsibilities, but most of all to get to do something they love."
Taught band in Palmyra, Mo. for eight years before moving to the lake area. Began teaching at School of the Osage in 1983, vocal music grades 7-12. Through those years we grew from one to three choirs in the high school, and created a concert choir for grades 7-8. From 2004-2009 Platter was also assistant band director at Osage, as that program had also increased in numbers.
Platter served Central District Music Teachers as choral vice-president, and president from 1998-2010, and was a member of Missouri Music Educators throughout my teaching career. Platter is also a judge and clinic for various choirs and districts.
She has a private studio for piano and voice.
Page 2 of 2 - Platter has served as music director and organist at Hope Lutheran Church, Osage Beach, Missouri, and is presently serving in that capacity at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lake Ozark.
(in conjunction with Greater Lake Area Chorale and Lake Notes)
Sunday, April 7: Lake Ozark Christian Church, 3 p.m.
Monday, April 8: First Baptist Church in Eldon, 7 p.m
Sunday, April 14: Nazarene Church, Camdenton, 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 21: Westlake Christian Church, Laurie, 3 p.m.
Monday, April 22: First Methodist Church, Versailles, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 28: Trinity Lutheran Church, Jefferson City, 3 p.m.