Minot music groups join together to perform ‘Mass of the Children’

MINOT, N.D. - This weekend, the Minot Chamber Chorale will kick off its 2018 performances with a special performance.

It's a collaboration of performers, from seasoned veterans to eager youngsters, and they're getting ready to bring you a first-of-its-kind show.

"It's just a lot of thrill and excitement," said Keely Gifford, children’s choir member.

The Minot Chamber Chorale will team up with the Western Plains Children's Choir and Minot Symphony Orchestra to perform John Rutter's "Mass of the Children." It's an exciting time for baritone soloist JKobe Wallace.

"This is actually my first time singing with this ensemble. I've sang in high school and I sing at Minot State University and other small ensembles, but this will be my first time actually getting to sing with this group and it's an incredible experience," Wallace said.

Wallace isn't a member of any the groups performing, but the choir invited this budding talent to perform the solo for the piece.

"This is actually my second time being able to be featured as a soloist like this, so it’s really awesome. It's great experience and exposure," Wallace said.

The two choral groups will only practice a few times together before the big show.

"When there's a bunch of adults there too, there's more pressure on us," Keely said.

But some Chamber Chorale members say they're used to singing with a wide array of performers.

"We have people that sing with us regularly that are 20 or 80. It's an all-encompassing group," said female soloist Teresa Witteman.

Though, that doesn't mean the nerves aren't there for the soprano soloist.

"I did a lot of shows when I was in college and sang a lot of solos and stuff when I was in college, but I haven't sang in front of people in a long time, so I'm a little nervous," Witteman said.

Some with the choir say this might be the first time a group has performed the "Mass of the Children" in Minot, meaning all eyes will be on these performers come Sunday.

The show is this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the Minot State Campus.

It's free to attend but you can provide a goodwill offering.