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Guelph elementary students to perform with Canadian musician Coco Love Alcorn

For Immediate Release
March 18, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – Elementary students will have an incredible opportunity to perform with a Canadian musician as part of a unique event that will bring together members of Guelph’s art community and school families.  

On Wednesday April 3, students from Mitchell Woods Public School and Rickson Ridge Public School will rehearse and perform with Canadian singer/songwriter, Coco Love Alcorn.

During the day, Coco will rehearse with the Mitchell Woods Choir and the Rickson Ridge Rock Opera. Then later that evening, they will perform together at a live show in downtown Guelph.

The idea for the event came from Rickson Ridge PS music teacher and president of the Upper Grand Elementary Music Teachers Association, Aaron Duncan. In 2017, Duncan attended a workshop run by Coco. In the span of a 45-minute session, Coco and her band invited anyone who wanted to sing to join them. She taught participants the choir parts to her original music and two hours later, the choir made up of singers ages 8 to 80 performed to an audience of 200 people. Duncan thought to himself, this would be an awesome experience for singers in UGDSB schools.

Coco has been involved in this type of event for several years, visiting and singing with dozens of choirs across Canada. “To show up in each new town and be immediately embraced by a community of people who sing together is an incredible thing. I have always loved to sing for people, but to sing with them is an even greater joy. I have found a new passion and my new calling,” said Coco on her website.

The event will give students the opportunity to learn some really great music while being immersed in an authentic professional music experience, with a tightly run rehearsal followed by a performance to a large audience. “These experiences are exhilarating and are never forgotten,” said Duncan.

The event also brings together parents, students, staff and community members from different schools together, to celebrate the arts.


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