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GCVI Chamber Choir to perform with Foreigner

February 28, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute’s Chamber Choir is set to hit the stage with Foreigner.

The GCVI Chamber Choir entered a contest earlier this month called “Sing with Foreigner.” The purpose of the contest was to find a local choir to perform Foreigner’s hit song “I Want to Know What Love Is,” with them on stage at Centre in the Square in Kitchener when they make their 40th Anniversary Tour stop on March 4.

To enter the contest the Chamber Choir created a video of the group performing one of Foreigner’s songs and submitted the video to the radio station KFUN 99.5FM. The judges were looking for excellence in skill, stage presence, creativity and overall effort.

When speaking about learning the group had won the contest, GCVI music teacher Lane Osborne said, “It was definitely rewarding to see the giant smiles on their faces after all the hard work they put into recording and filming the contest.”

The choir is hard at work preparing for this opportunity, Osborne said, “Preparation for something like this happens not only in the handful of rehearsals we’ve had for this specific contest, but long before as well in relation to developing technique and versatility as musicians…. Many of the students in the choir are seasoned musicians for their ages based on their multitude of experiences not only in vocal classes and in choir at GCVI, but also in private lessons and in community choirs.”

When reflecting on the fact that Foreigner was at the height of their career long before the choir students were born, Osborne said, “The kids definitely appreciate this experience and are aware of the band; we put together Rock of Ages for our music theatre course in the fall, which many students in the choir were a part of. There were a couple Foreigner tunes in the musical including “I Want to Know What Love Is,” so they were familiar from that experience, but it is also important to mention that Guelph is such a supportive place to be if you’re an artist or musician of any kind. Many of these students have parents who raised them on all different types of music…and have made their kids more aware of bands before their time… I can tell you that many of the parents are extremely excited their kids have this once in a lifetime opportunity.​”

The GCVI Chamber Choir submission can be viewed below.

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