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Local trio selected for national choir

BU students Connor Lavell, Aliah Nelson, and Emma Lytle at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

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BU students Connor Lavell, Aliah Nelson, and Emma Lytle at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Three local music students are in the midst of a week-long tour with a national choir.

The trio, who study at the Brandon University School of Music, were selected to represent Manitoba in the 2014 National Youth Choir in Halifax and they are now in the Maritimes for the week-long tour.

Mezzo soprano Emma Lytle and soprano Aliah Nelson are both in their third years of voice performance major. Connor Lavell is a baritone in his fifth year of a voice performance major. They've joined 37 singers representing the other nine provinces for the choir tour.

"This is a unique opportunity to enrich their vocal skills, network with advanced vocalists who will be their colleagues in the professional world, and to meet conductors from across Canada," said Andree Dagenais, choral studies instructor with the school of music. "I am very happy that such opportunities are available for our students."

The National Youth Choir is formed every two years with four singers from each province between the ages of 18 and 25 selected through cross-country auditions. Since its inception in 1984, the choir has won critical acclaim, with some of the finest Canadian choral conductors invited to conduct. Choir concerts have been broadcast nationally on the CBC Stereo Network.

"I am thrilled at the success of our music students being chosen for the National Youth Choir, " said Michael Kim, dean of the school of music. "It is a significant honour, and I am very proud of them."

The choir rehearsed in Halifax, NS, during the week of May 4, and has embarked on a week-long tour in the Maritime provinces that will culminate with a final gala concert at the National Conference of Canadian Choral Conductors in Halifax.

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