Under the current directorship of M. Ryan Taylor, the choir has performed consistently in the community of American Fork. Recent performance highlights include participation in the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Alpine Tabernacle, the Steel Days Parade and the annual Christmas in the Rotunda concert at American Fork library. This season the choir is preparing to join choirs from around the country to take place in the international Sing’n’Joy choral festival hosted by Interkultur in Provo, UT.
Hundreds of children and adults have benefited from the choir’s programs during Taylor’s tenure. Currently the choir has five areas of educational focus.
- Concert Choir: This choir serves the advanced singers of our children’s choir, learning and performing rounds and two-part choral literature. Tuition Free.
- Chimes & Voices: This is the AFCC training choir, focusing on in-tune singing and good vocal production. New in 2016: The choir has begun working with a two-octave set of hand chimes; already this has greatly increased choir focus and retention. Tuition Free.
- Ukulele Youth Choir: This group, introduced in 2015, currently serves over 25 children, teaching the basics of good singing and ukulele playing. Tuition Free.
- Power Up Ukulele: This self-sustaining group class teaches children, teens, adults and seniors beginning through intermediate ukulele playing techniques.
- UFO HUM: This self-sustaining adult ukulele performance ensemble serves intermediate to advanced ukulele players, performing with and often accompanying the children’s choirs. UFO HUM has also performed at many of the neighboring city celebrations, including Orem Summerfest, Pony Express Days, and Highland Fling Days. The members of this group also greatly help with the organization and execution of the Annual Utah Uke Fest held in American Fork, now in its fifth year.
Additional choir highlights include world premieres of new works The Sand and the Sea as well as Choirs and Angels Sing. The choir has also created a number of music videos, including three animated videos as part of last summer’s choir camp. View videos of the choir at http://bit.ly/afccvids
AFCC in the Press:
New Director Gives Children Room to Grow: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/article_6ce3817c-1e7a-554b-9d5e-c0e4e49ec2ea.html
Children’s Choir Sings at Book Launch: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/children-s-choir-sings-at-book-launch/article_37d4af2a-176d-513e-8cf3-00e32151a627.html
American Fork Children’s Choir Invites You to Say Aloha to the Ukulele: http://www.heraldextra.com/momclick/activities/small-body-big-sound-american-fork-children-s-choir-invites/article_e5033808-a9dc-11e0-8b61-001cc4c03286.html