Being part of a tradition can be a tremendous experience for young musicians! Hear about some of the fruits of one homeschool choir’s 23-year history today on Home School Heartbeat, with host Mike Farris.
Kati Rosten, who’s the director of XL Choirs of Northern California, is my guest today on the program. She provides choral training in 2 counties, with 4 different choirs. Kati, welcome to the program!
Kati, how have you seen participation in XL Choir impact student’s lives over the years?
The students receive formal choral training and spiritual training within that context. And the reports I hear from former students are endless, and they amaze and bless me as I hear how they impact their communities. Many have majored in music in college, and even if they’re not a music major, they’ll still sing in the college choir. They’re worship leaders, they’re choir directors in their churches, they sing in community choirs, one is a published composer of choral music, one has soloed with a Bach choir in Germany, one is a sought after soloist in our local productions. It brings tears to my eyes when I hear her sing and remember her as a shy child who could barely find her voice. That’s just the music side of it. Their training develops so many other areas of their lives, also.
Kati, that’s terrific! Thanks for joining me today. I’m Mike Farris.