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John Taylor student took part in weekend of singing

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Galen Morris participated in a weekend of singing in the Provincial Honours Choir program from Feb. 7 to 9.

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Galen Morris participated in a weekend of singing in the Provincial Honours Choir program from Feb. 7 to 9. Photo Store

Galen Morris has been a performer for as long as she can remember.

A ballet dancer, singer, and avid participant in school musicals, the 15-year-old John Taylor Collegiate singer took part in the Manitoba Choral Association’s Provincial Honours Choir (PHC) program.

The PHC is an annual musical conference for experienced singers across Manitoba

"It’s just a choir with a lot of people, and we get together for two days and learn a bunch of music and perform it," Morris said, adding that classical music is her favourite genre to sing.

Those already in regional youth choirs or divisional honour choirs can apply for the PHC without being auditioned. Since Morris is in the St. James Divisional Choir, she didn’t have to audition when she applied.

Morris sang in the senior choir, designated for Grade 9 to 12 students, conducted by Vic Pankratz. The other three groups were the junior choir, for Grade 6 to 8 students, the women’s choir for Grade 9 to 12 students, and the adult choir.

From Feb. 7 to 9, the four choirs spent the first two days at Gordon Bell High School (3 Borrowman Pl.), learning and rehearsing music before giving a performance on the last day at Knox United Church (400 Edmonton St.).

This was her second time performing with the PHC.

"It’s just always a good experience and I get to meet a lot of people (with similar interests)," Morris said.

"Galen’s got great ears. She’s a total team player, a leader," said Kim Carter, John Taylor Collegiate’s performing individual and visual arts and choir director. "She’s one of the strongest singers, a beautiful voice."

"I think more people should (take part in the PHC)," Morris said. "It’s great for people who want to expand their singing skills."

Although the PHC is over for the year, Morris still has a lot on her plate. She is currently part of the school’s production of The Little Mermaid, playing the part of a seagull. The Little Mermaid will be showing at John Taylor Collegiate, located at 470 Hamilton Ave., on April 22 at 7 p.m.

Morris has also been in countless other John Taylor Collegiate productions, including Mulan, Seussical, and Grease.

Although she enjoys singing, Morris doesn’t think she’s going to pursue it professionally in the future.

For more information about the PHC, visit manitobasings.org

For more information about The Little Mermaid, including showtimes and ticket prices, call the school at 204-888-8930.

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