The arts are an important part of a community, providing a creative outlet, bringing people together to collaborate and helping to grow our appreciation for the beauty in the world around us. On Friday, April 11, Jill Schroeder-Dorn, director of the Summit Choral Society, will teach those in attendance at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge why exploring the vocal arts is an important piece of the overall artistic puzzle.
“The big idea is that arts are for everyone,” she said. “We all have the capacity to recognize and appreciate art, and we’re all drawn to beauty, and one way we can participate in art, especially in the community setting, is through the choral arts.”
The presentation, which takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium, will be a celebration of this particular type of art, explaining the attributes of choral art that are distinctive.
“For a choir, you have to have a lot of people working together to make it happen,” Schroeder-Dorn said. “It’s not a solo art, so it brings people together.”
The Summit Choral Society will join Schroeder-Dorn on stage to demonstrate her talking points, creating a back-and-forth dialogue between the director and the choir.
“It also gives us a chance to relate to the whole history of humanities,” she said. “We’ll be singing a song from the Renaissance period, for example, so we get to recreate art that was originally composed a hundred, sometimes a thousand years ago.”
Schroeder-Dorn said it’s always a privilege and a treat for her to be able to make music with the Summit Choral Society. It creates a special community, she said, being able to enjoy something together and create together, and the choir is always seeking new members. She hopes the overall presentation encourages the audience to find their own artistic paths.
“I would hope (attendees) would find a renewed interested in their own life with arts — what they do artistically, how they participate — whether that’s through singing or individual arts or drama,” Schroeder-Dorn said. “That they would be inspired to do their own creating and have a deeper appreciation for the artistic experience.”