The Tok Choral Society

dsc_0145“We Have a Dream”
When: Sat. Feb. 7 – 7pm and Sun. Feb. 8 – 3pm
Where: Tok School Multi-Purpose Room
$5 individual, $10 family

One of the organizations here in Tok for the culturally-minded is the Tok Choral Society.

The Tok Choral Society was started by Cam Bohman (her husband, Bill, was Tetlin Wildlife Refuge’s pilot) in the spring of 1990. When Cam left Tok in 1998, Mary Timm at Tetlin inherited leadership of the group.

Per Mary:

Our first semester we had 13 members; this year we have 29; average size is 22 or so. It is a 1 credit University of Alaska course, so it does require tuition payment, but we need the university to function (rehearsal, storage, etc.)

The 4-part choir itself is open to anyone 9th grade and older for univ. credit. Since there’s no other organized music in Tok (except for private lessons) we stretch the limits a little and allow young people, grade 5 – 8, in our group as long as they are accompanied by an adult sponsor…so our age ranges from 10 to 75.

Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, from Sept – Feb. We also have a “select” group (members must audition each year) called the Mixed Ensemble (size can range from 6 to 12) which meets Tues. from 5:30 – 6:30. This group does a few more difficult pieces. Themes of past concerts range from “Around the World in 80 Minutes (or so)” to “All You Need Is Love.”

We try to include a wide variety of musical “genre” to keep everyone happy and challenged. Many of the members can’t read music, so one of the director’s chores is to make individual CDs for each part so that folks can practice at home throughout the semester.

This year’s theme is “We Have a Dream”, music of imagination, vision, fantasy and inspiration. We’ll have numerous soloists doing their own “special acts” and our feature piece will be a medley from “Phantom of the Opera.” We get into simple staging, costumes, props, etc. which all make it fun for the members and enjoyable for the audience.

“We Have a Dream” – music of imagination, vision, fantasy, inspiration

When: Sat. Feb. 7 – 7pm and Sun. Feb. 8 – 3pm

Where: Tok School Multi-Purpose Room

$5 individual
$10 family

Hope you can make it!

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7 Comments

  1. Ann

     /  January 30, 2009

    I love knowing that “somewhere out there”, 8 days from now, there’s going to be a terrific evening of music and fun put on by people who are just enjoying themselves thoroughly!

    There’s no satisfaction like creating an evening like this.

    Have a great evening, and be sure to update us on how it all went. Good luck to all! Enjoy!

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  2. Last week the dancers, now the choral production. Culture…culture everywhere.

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  3. Wish I could be there to see it. (Seriously.)

    At the rate that cultural events are popping up in Tok, the Abba Reunion tour will be kicking off there in a couple of weeks!

    Scott

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  4. Linda Worner

     /  February 1, 2009

    I so look forward to the Tok Choral Society’s concerts. It just so happens I’m planning a trip to Tok that weekend – yahoo!!!

    Thanks Mary Timm and all the members for your hard work. I’m sure it will be as memorable as always.

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  5. Aliens In Tok

     /  February 1, 2009

    Like the rest of the known universe, Tokites are watching the Superbowl today. And I got a buck on The Boss singing “Born in The USA” at halftime…any others out there?

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  6. Ann

     /  February 9, 2009

    So…..we need a report.

    Did everybody have a terrific time? ?

    What is the next big event?

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  7. Dawn Marie Holling

     /  February 10, 2009

    I hear through the grape vine that the concert was wonderful!!!!

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