The Staples Area Men’s Chorus will host the 11th annual Real Men Sing festival Saturday, Oct. 12, at Staples Motley High School in Staples.
High school men from central Minnesota and beyond gather one day each year to learn new music, singing techniques and the opportunity to work under some of the best choral directors in the state. In the evening, solo choruses and a massed chorus present a concert to the public. The concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Staple Motley High School gym.
At no charge to participating schools or students, the Staples Area Men’s Chorus (SAMC) books the facility, hires a guest conductor and a voice teacher, buys the music and provides an evening meal.
Rehearsals and workshops are held during the morning and afternoon, prior to the concert.
The following schools/groups are registered: Little Falls, Osakis, New York Mills, Bertha-Hewitt, Alexandria, Browerville, Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton, Pillager, Sebeka, Pine River-Backus, Sauk Centre, Albany, Staples Motley, SAMC, University of North Dakota and Bemidji State University.
At this point, there are 347 men registered for this year’s festival. Also, there are approximately 70 boys registered for this year’s pilot of Real Men Sing Jr.
Alexandria is sending 20 men from its newly formed men’s chorus. SAMC loaned music and offered support to the newly formed organization.
The guest conductor will be Joshua Bronfman who is associate professor and director of choral activities at the University of North Dakota.
Tickets are also available online at www.staplesmen.org, at Nelson Insurance Agency on Second Avenue in Staples and at the door.
This project was made possible by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds from the McKnight Foundation supplemented with Legacy funds.