LINCOLN (SNR) – The first meeting of the St. Pius X Diocesan Boys Choir will be held Sunday, Jan. 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the music room at Pius X High School, 6000 ‘A’ St., Lincoln.
The choir is open to boys in grades 4-6, and rehearsals will be held Sundays at 6 p.m., beginning Jan. 28.
The mission of the new boys’ choir is to promote life-long singing for young boys across Lincoln’s Catholic community, while enriching their lives through singing, artistry and faith.
Todd Krier, the vocal music director at Pius X High School, will direct the choir. Krier came to Pius five years ago, after teaching in South Dakota and New Mexico. He and his family are members of St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln.
He described the learning focus of the Pius X Boys Choir with the letters C.H.O.I.R.: Choral techniques and teambuilding, Healthy singing habits, Orff and Kodaly music concepts, Intonation and tone quality, and Respect of God, self and community.
Krier said during his master’s training at the University of South Dakota, his focus was on the boy’s changing voice, and keeping boys singing through the voice change. Krier also specializes in barbershop singing and has directed and helped form many barbershop quartets and groups for men across Lincoln.
The choral groups for students at Pius X High School consist of five curricular classes during the school day: Pius X-Men’s choir, Laudamus women’s choir, Cantabella advanced women’s choir, Spectrum show choir and Sotto Voce a cappella choir. Two groups – the aCabellas and acaFellas – are extra-curricular a cappella choirs for women and men that rehearse two days a week after school, and a men’s barbershop club meets during the school lunch hour. The choral program averages from 220-250 students in a given year, approximately 20% of the Pius X student body of 1,200.
Throughout the year, choirs from Pius visit Catholic elementary schools in the area to showcase the vocal music classes available to students who will come to Pius X High School.
The Sotto Voce and Spectrum choirs visited St. Teresa and St. Peter Schools in Lincoln Jan. 10 to perform for the students and faculty. After their performances, the Pius X students who graduated from those elementary schools posed for photos with their younger siblings or music teachers from those schools. Related item: Slideshow of photos
Krier pointed out that many of the students who make up the choral program at Pius X are in many other activities throughout Pius and clubs throughout Lincoln.
“The choral program has football players, volleyball players, basketball players, golfers, band and orchestra members, dancers, cheerleaders, runners, soccer players, softball players and trap shooters,” he said.
“Every kind of student is welcome to take part in this amazing and successful program.”
The vocal department hosts three major concerts each year, and various groups are involved in festivals, competitions, community events and liturgies throughout the area.
“Each student truly makes this program very special to fulfill their mission as a whole community,” he added, “striving together to enrich the lives of its singers and their audience.”