If you were planning to attend the July 8 community-wide church choir concert in the East Grand Forks Performing Arts Center, go ahead and make other plans for that night. The concert is a no-go because of a no-show of participants.
“Unfortunately, we’ve decided to pull the plug on this event due to lack of participation and balance between the men’s and women’s parts,” Amanda Presteng said. Amanda is director of music ministries at Faith Evangelical Free Church, Grand Forks, and organizer of the event.
Last year, 40 people took part in the debut concert with a good balance between the sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Amanda was hoping for that again this year and to make this an annual event, but I guess people are too busy to stop and sing.
“We ended up with a total of about 20 people, including four men,” Amanda added. “It just didn’t seem realistic to move forward with those numbers. Had I known that the participation would have been that size, I could have chosen music that would be more suitable for a smaller ensemble and scheduled the concert to be at a more intimate setting.
Considering last year’s turnout, this disappoints Amanda and those who did come to the first rehearsal. “I really expected this year’s choir to grow,” Amanda said. “I realize, though, that it’s tough to find a rehearsal time that works for everyone. Sometimes you just don’t know until you try.”
Remember the old adage: if at first you don’t succeed, try try again? Amanda remembers.
“I do have contact information from everyone involved this year, and I hope we can try again next year. I contacted them and all were very understanding of the circumstances.”