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By Jeanie

Dance lessons for ages 3 and up will be offered at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, beginning on Saturday, January 23.

Dance classes at the Music Center follow a strong, age-appropriate dance curriculum. The program is designed to give young students an introduction to dance that covers basics in tap, ballet, jazz and creative movement. The main goal of the dance program is to teach dancers to be creative, physically fit, flexible, confident and artistic.

Dance classes will meet on Saturday mornings. There will be a class for three year olds and new four year olds from 9:30-10 a.m., a 4 and 5-year-old class will meet from 10-10:45 a.m., and a class for six year olds and older will be held from 10:45-11:30 a.m.

For more information or to register, please contact St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637.



 

By Jeanie

St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, recently held their auditions for the 2015-2016 Laura Jane Musser Merit Scholarships. Thirty-nine students were nominated by their teachers to participate in the auditions. Each student performed two contrasting pieces for an independent judge. Students were judged on their ability at their level of study so students of all ages were able to compete.

Ten exceptional students were awarded a $100 scholarship to be used towards their 2015-16 tuition. These students are: Sylvia Erwin from Fort Ripley; Elisa Hintz from Randall; Jakob Hyatt from Pierz; Peter Knopik, Collin Kray and Isaac Olson from Little Falls; Mason Langner from Royalton; and Chanin Quillo, Nina Quillo and Genevieve Winrod from Long Prairie.

The judges were impressed by all the students that auditioned. The auditions are open to all instruments. This year piano, violin, guitar, cello, flute and voice students participated.

The Merit Scholarship Program is funded by the Laura Jane Musser Trust for the purpose of rewarding and assisting highly dedicated and talented music students to continue their studies. St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts located in Little Falls. All their programs are open to everyone. For more information, please call (320)632-0637.


 

By Jeanie

Each year St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, has the opportunity to offer several scholarships for deserving students who study at the Music Center. These scholarships have been donated to the Center by families who see the importance of the study of music in children’s lives and who want to make sure that all students have an opportunity to study music. The scholarships are based on student auditions and teacher recommendations; each student has shown a dedication and commitment to their own musical studies. This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • The Sister Justina Bieganek Scholarship--awarded to Hannah Miller from Browerville.
  • The Sister Judine Cassidy Scholarships--awarded to: Victoria Gottwalt, Sarah Leisenheimer, Bailey Stalmer and Valerie Tenold of Little Falls; and to Bailey Lochner from Pierz.
  • The Lyseng Family Scholarship (Vicki and Greg Spofford)--awarded to Aubri Senn from Little Falls.
  • The Bernet Family Scholarship in honor of Sister Maurita Bernet--awarded to Vera Miller from Browerville.
  • The Christiansen Family Scholarship in honor of Guy Christiansen--awarded to Lorraine Mrosla from Bowlus.

St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts open to everyone. For over 35 years, the Music Center has maintained a staff of truly exceptional teachers who have trained thousands of musicians in central Minnesota. Students of all ages are welcome to take lessons and participate in music ensembles. For more information, please contact St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637.


 

By Jeanie

The St. Francis Music Center Community Chorale will begin rehearsals for their spring concert on Thursday, January 21. The chorale welcomes all adults who love to sing, there is no charge to participate only a willingness to sing and have a good time. You need not take lessons at the Music Center to participate or be associated with the Franciscan Sisters, everyone is welcome to join and there are no auditions. Rehearsals are every Thursday evening at 7 p.m., in St. Francis Hall at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

The St. Francis Community Chorale is under the direction of Barb Stumpf. The chorale will be presenting a Spring Chorale Concert on May 1 at 2 p.m. The concert will be a celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and will feature a mixture of styles of music, sure to please everyone!

For more information, please contact the Music Center at (320)632-0637 or visit their website at: www.sfmusiccenter.org. You may also call Barb Stumpf at 632-8372 or Vicki Spofford at 632-2360.

 


 

By Jeanie

Representatives from U.S. Bank presented a $1,000 grant from the U.S. Bank Foundation to St. Francis Music Center, a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota. The grant will be used to support the Music Center’s orchestra program. “Music is to be celebrated and we are grateful to the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls for their good works throughout Central Minnesota.” Pictured are Jammi Strunk, Little Falls Branch manager, Robyn Gray, director of St. Francis Music Center, Elizabeth Rydeen, grant writer, and Lori Rebischke, with the Private Client Group of the St. Cloud Branch of U.S. Bank. For more information about St. Francis Music Center, call (320)632-0637.











 

By Jeanie
Last year, on Give to the Max Day, over $38,000 was raised to support the mission and ministries of the Franciscan Sisters. We are grateful beyond words!


We’re participating again this year, using the opportunity to raise funds for our ministries and outreach to youth. You might be surprised by all the ways the Franciscan Sisters serve and minister to young people:

  • St. Francis Music Center and its URock Against Violence, Keyboard Festival, gymnastics and dance classes, music lessons, orchestras and mentoring program
  • Training for teen missionaries in Mexico
  • Franciscan Community Volunteers
  • Catechesis for immigrant and migrant communities
  • Franciscan Girls Camp
  • Green Fair Folk Festival with games, crafts and activities for kids
  • Garden-to-Cafeteria, the organic gardening project between FSLF and local high school students


We’ll be promoting Give to the Max Day through our e-newsletter, website and on Facebook, where we’ll profile our work and ministries with youth. With matching funds of $20,000 already committed, we’ve set our 2015 Give to the Max Day goal at $45,000. With your help, we are confident that we can accomplish this goal. There’s also opportunity to schedule your donation ahead of time. Visit the GiveMN.org beginning November 1. Please, remember St. Francis Music Center on November 12 and Give to the Max!

To visit St. Francis Music Center's Give to the Max page, please click here.






By Jeanie

St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, is organizing a Children’s Choir for ages 5-14 once again this fall. The choir will meet beginning October 20 for seven weeks on Tuesday evenings, 5-5:45 p.m., in Room 242 at the Music Center.
 

The choir will perform with the St. Francis Community Chorale at their Christmas Concert on December 6, 7 p.m., in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. The children will need to attend one rehearsal with the Chorale on December 3, 7 p.m., in the chapel.
 

Everyone is welcome to join; there is no charge and no auditions. Younger children who cannot read will need some coaching from their family to help them learn the words. Children will also be coached on breathing techniques, diction, posture and performance skills—it will be a fun learning and singing experience for all!! Vicki Spofford will coach the choir and Joan Wingert will direct the children’s choir for the concert.

This Kids Sing! opportunity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
 

For more information or to sign up contact St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637, email: info@sfmusiccenter.org. St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.


 




 

By Jeanie

URock bands from St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, will host a free outdoor concert on Sunday, October 11, 1 p.m., at Maple Island Park, Little Falls. Bands will perform instrumental music, jazz, oldies, class rock tunes and contemporary popular music. Bring your family and enjoy a fall afternoon outside, listening to talented kids in great bands play some fantastic music.
 

For more information on URock, contact St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637 or visit their website at www.sfmusiccenter.org.






 

By Jeanie

St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, has great opportunities for people who love to sing! The St. Francis Community Chorale meets on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. starting on September 24. The group sings a wide variety of music from sacred to Broadway to pop. Fall rehearsals will focus on preparing for a Christmas Concert on December 6. 


The Community Chorale meets in St. Francis Hall on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters. All adults are invited to sing; no auditions are necessary. The only requirement is a love of singing! 


Kids Sing! is a free voice lesson and choir group in one for students ages 5 to 12. This group will come together in October and will sing with the Community Chorale at the Christmas Concert. The time and date of rehearsals have not yet been set—if you are interested, please call and leave your name and number and you will be updated! 


Thanks to grants from the Five Wings Arts Council these groups are free and open to everyone. To sign up or for more information, please contact St. Francis Music Center at (320) 632-0637.





 

By Jeanie

Now is the time to sign up for fall lessons at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls! Private lessons are available for piano, organ, guitar, bass guitar, banjo, percussion, trap set, all band instruments, violin, viola, cello, bass and voice. All ages and all levels of ability, from the very beginners to advanced students, are welcome. 


The Music Center also offers gymnastics classes and dance classes. Currently there is not a dance teacher so classes will start as soon as an instructor is found. Students can also sign up for composition and recording sessions as well. Dr. Turley from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s is available every other Monday for piano lessons.


The St. Francis Preparatory Orchestra and the St. Francis Concert Orchestra will begin rehearsals in September. All area string players are invited to be a part of the orchestras. For more information, please contact the Music Center.


The St. Francis Community Chorale will again be meeting on Thursday evenings starting on September 24. This group is open to all teens and adults who love to sing; no auditions are necessary.  Kids Sing! will begin rehearsals in October; this singing group is free and open to all children ages 5-12. 


Students grades 5 through 12 interested in playing in a band, from rock to jazz to country and everything in between, are invited to join the URock Against Violence program which puts students in bands and promotes positive choices.


St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts located on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. The music school is open to all and offers a wide variety of lessons and programs. Financial aid is available.


Lots of excitement is going on at St. Francis Music Center this year!  For more information or to sign up for lessons, call the Center at (320)632-0637.








 

By Jeanie

This summer you rock! If you have always wanted to be in a band, this is your opportunity! St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, is offering URock Summer Camp; it’s not really a camp, it’s a concert in training! Students in grades 5-12 are invited to participate. Guitarists, drummers, bassists, vocals, keyboards, and other musicians who want to form a band are all invited to attend. You don’t need a lot of experience on your instrument, just some of the basics.
 

URock starts from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at St. Francis Music Center. The instructors will get to know the students and their abilities and talk them through what it takes to be in a band.  The next morning the group will be divided up into bands and the fun begins! Each band will pick a name and three songs they’d like to play. The rest of the camp is spent learning the music, performance tips, band pictures and getting ready to perform. All music styles are welcome, from rock to country to Christian, and everything in between.
 

URock will meet July 24-26 and August 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Led by Greg Langlois, the instructors will all be musicians with experience in professional bands. The final concert will be held outdoors on Wednesday, August 5, as part of the Green Fair Folk Festival.
 

Thanks to grants from the Five Wings Arts Council, the Mille Lac Band of Ojibwe and Catholic Health Initiatives, URock is free for all participants.
 

For more information or to sign up, call the Music Center at (320 632-0637 or stop in at 116 8th Avenue SE in Little Falls or visit the website at www.sfmusiccenter.org/pages/URock/

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Watch this YouTube video about St. Francis Music Center's UROCK Against Violence program: http://bit.ly/1Hs44zF

 

 

By Jeanie

Now is the time to sign up for summer lessons at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls! Private lessons are available for piano, organ, guitar, bass guitar, banjo, all band instruments, violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion and voice. All ages and levels of ability from the very beginners to advanced students are welcome.

St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts located on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. The music school is open to all and offers a wide variety of lessons and programs for all ages. Summer lessons begin on June 1 and run through August 14.

Preston Weber will be joining the Center this summer. Preston is an oboist in the University of Minnesota Symphonic Band, so oboe players in the area have an opportunity to study with a specialist this summer. Preston is also available to teach other instruments as well.

Other offerings include summer orchestra which will begin on June 23. The orchestras are free and open to any string players in the area. There will also be gymnastics classes for ages 4 and older. Classes will be offered on Thursdays. Early Childhood Music classes begin on June 8.

This summer the Center will also offer its’ very popular URock Summer Camp for middle and high school students who want to be in a band. Students will be divided into bands and perform together in a final concert. URock begins on July 24.
Finally, the Franciscan Green Fair Folk Festival will be held outdoors on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters on August 5. Along with green vendors, great food and lots of family fun will be art activities for the kids and great music on the stage all evening. The Green Fair Folk Festival is free and open to all!

Lots of excitement is going on at St. Francis Music Center this summer! For more information or to sign up for lessons call the Center at (320)632-0637 or visit their web site at www.sfmusiccenter.org. Financial aid is available.






 

By Jeanie

PreschoolSt. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, will be offering Early Childhood Music Classes this summer! Mini Musicians will be for 2 and 3-year olds and a parent. Each session will include games and activities for children to experience music through play! Families will have opportunities to bond while children develop listening skills, eye/hand coordination, a sense of beat, and a foundation for singing and musical thought. This class will be held on Mondays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., starting on June 8.
 

Music Explorers is a class for 4 and 5-year olds. In this class, children will continue exploring music through singing, structured movement and dancing, playing instruments, cooperative games, and creative play. Parents are welcome to attend, but not required. Children will further development in musical skills and creativity. Additionally, children will gain experience in beginning performance skills. This class will meet on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., beginning on June 9.
 

Both classes will be taught by Libby Marcus. For more information on these classes or to register, please contact St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637.





 

By Jeanie

In 2013 the Bernet Family established a music scholarship at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, to honor Sister Maurita Bernet, who recently observed her 60th anniversary as a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls. The music scholarship was also meant to honor their parents, Marie and Joseph Anton Bernet, who loved music and made personal sacrifices to provide music lessons to six daughters, all of whom later attended St. Francis High School, Little Falls. The Bernet sisters love music and have shared their musical abilities in church choirs, as church organist, as violinist in orchestras and more. The Bernet family cannot imagine a life without music.  They understand music is good for the spirit, can be a good discipline and brings joy to many. With this scholarship they hope to help students find the joy in their own music, to develop and share their abilities and through music, add light and love to our world. 
 

This year’s recipient of the Bernet Family Music Scholarship is Denali Joy Bahe. Denali is in the 11th grade and attends Anoka Ramsey Community College as a post-secondary student. She has taken piano and voice lessons at the Music Center and also plays guitar. Denali’s favorite subject in school is history. She also plays in her church worship team.
 

In her free time, Denali loves to play piano and read; she also plays basketball. In the future Denali plans on attending college and majoring in elementary education.
 

Denali is a student of Bobbi French at St. Francis Music Center. She is the daughter of Steven and Cynthia Bahe of Onamia.





 

By Jeanie

The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will host an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Supper fund raiser on Saturday, April 18, 4:30-7 p.m., at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Spaghetti with meat sauce (meat-less sauce is available upon request), garlic bread, salad, homemade bars and beverages will be served. Ticket prices include: Adults--$8; Children 5-12 years--$4; Children under 5 years—Free. Dinner tickets will be available at the door or by calling (320)632-2981. Proceeds from the Spaghetti Supper will benefit St. Francis Health and Recreation Center and St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls. For more information, contact (320)632-2981 or info@fslf.org.








 

By Jeanie

St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, is proud to announce that Sarah Leisenheimer was awarded the 2015 Guy Christiansen Music Scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship is chosen by teacher recommendation and the scholarship committee.

Guy Christiansen was born in 1916 in a log cabin, on a farm west of Eagle Bend, Minnesota. When he was a boy, his mother taught him how to play guitar on an instrument that had been made by her father. It was a beautiful guitar, with two five-pointed stars of shell and frets made of cow horn. By the time Guy was a teenager, he was entertaining crowds of people who came from miles around on Saturday nights to the Wykeham School to hear him sing and play.

Around 1931 he was offered an opportunity to travel to Fargo to perform on the radio. But, since these were hard times and his family was poor, the trip was considered frivolous and unaffordable. The Great Depression came and went. World War II came and went, leaving Guy with permanent injuries to his left hand which made it impossible to ever play the guitar again. Despite all this, his four children grew up in a home where music was played and sung by everyone. Guy whistled in the morning, sang after dinner and loved to play his many harmonicas.

Guy Christiansen passed away in the spring of 2005. In his memory his children established a music scholarship in his name knowing he would be quite pleased that his scholarship would help some young person have the opportunity to enjoy life and spread happiness through music.

Sarah has studied violin for over five years, piano for three years, clarinet for nine months and has also recently started playing drums and bells. Sarah is a student of Sarah Dahl and Kevin Stueven at the Music Center. She is in fifth grade at Lindbergh Elementary School. Her favorite subject in school is reading. Sarah is also in volleyball and plays in the St. Francis Concert Orchestra. In her free time she enjoys playing softball and running. Sarah loves playing in concerts and shopping!
In her future Sarah wants to keep playing her musical instruments and act in plays. She would also like to start to volunteer at animal shelters.

Sarah was chosen for the award because of her dedication to music and her love of trying new instruments and new musical genres. Sarah is the daughter of Bill and Nancy Leisenheimer of Little Falls.

 

Photo Identification:  Kevin Stueven—instructor, and Sarah Leisenheimer

(Photo taken by Sister Bernice Rieland, Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.)





 

By Jeanie

Jammi Strunk, Little Falls Branch Manager of U.S. Bank (left), and Lori Rebischke, with the Private Client Group of the St. Cloud Branch of U.S. Bank (right), presented a $1,000 grant to Bobbi French (center), who directs the two St. Francis Music Center orchestras. “U.S. Bank is honored to support the Franciscan Sisters’ Music School with this contribution,” said Michael Markman, regional president of U.S. Bank. “Music is to be celebrated and we are grateful to the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls for their good works throughout Central Minnesota.” To learn more about St. Francis Music Center, call (320)632-0637.


(Photo taken by Jeanie Michaels, Community Relations Department, Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.)





 

By Jeanie

In 2004, Vicki and Greg Spofford established a scholarship at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, in honor of Vicki’s parents, Arley and Naomi Lyseng. Both of the Lyseng’s were lifetime music educators, touching the lives of thousands of children. In an effort to continue the legacy, the Spofford family made a donation to establish this annual scholarship.
 

This year’s recipient is Korrin Gwost, who has taken violin lessons at the Music Center for the past 3 ½ years. Her teacher is Sarah Dahl. Korrin also plays in the St. Francis Preparatory Orchestra.
 

Korrin is in the fourth grade at Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School in Randall. Her favorite subjects include music and reading; she also participates in gymnastics and swimming. In her free time, Korrin enjoys ice fishing, sledding, playing violin and making bracelets. In the future Korrin would like to be a violin teacher and waitress, and move to a big house.
 

Korrin was nominated for this award for her musicality and her wonderful, caring attitude.  She is the daughter of Gabrielle and Chris Gwost of Fort Ripley. 



 

By Jeanie

St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, is proud to announce Valerie Tenold and Chanin Andrés Quillo as the recipients of the 2015 Sister Justina Bieganek Music Scholarships.  The scholarship was established in 2004 by family members, friends, and fans of Sister Justina in honor of her 75th Anniversary as a Franciscan Sister. Sister Justina worked at St. Francis Music Center since its start in 1979. She passed away at the age of 100, but her spirit of joy and peace still fill the halls of the Music Center and she is remembered with love and respect by the students, staff and faculty.
 

Valerie Tenold has studied violin at the Music Center for the past 1½ years and also plays in the St. Francis Preparatory Orchestra.  She is in second grade at Mary of Lourdes School where her favorite classes are math and physical education. She also participates in gymnastics, soccer and girl scouts.  In her free time she loves to read, ice skate, and play games with family and friends. Her future plans include continuing to play violin.
 

Valerie is the daughter of Ryan and Trish Tenold of Little Falls.  Her violin teacher at St. Francis Music Center is Bobbi French.
 

Chanin Andrés Quillo is in 6th grade at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel School in Long Prairie. He has played cello for six years and participates in the orchestras at the Music Center. Chanin also enjoys playing soccer and his favorite hobby is collecting marbles. In the future Chanin hopes to be in the snowboarding competition in the Winter Olympics.
 

Chanin is the son of Lalo and Elizabeth Quillo of Long Prairie. He studies cello at the Music Center with Jenna Miller.
 

Chanin and Valerie were chosen for this award, which is the highest scholarship honor awarded at the Music Center, based on their many musical achievements, and also for their love of music and for the hours that they dedicate to practicing. They are responsible, generous and truly exceptional young people. 


 

By Jeanie

US Bank DonationPine Country Bank representatives Lorna Lange, Vice President of Pine Country Bank and manager of the Rice branch, and Rob Ronning, President of Pine Country Bank, presented a $500 check to Bobbi French, director of the orchestra program at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls. Ronning said, “This donation is part of our philosophy. We give back to the communities where our banks are located. If it weren’t for the people of the communities we serve, Pine Country Bank would not be here.” French echoed her sentiments, “And we, as an orchestra, give back to our community. Having the gift of music, we willingly share.”

(Photo taken by Jeanie Michaels, Community Relations Department, Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.)









 

By Jeanie

St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, has three great opportunities for people who love to sing!  The St. Francis Community Chorale meets on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. starting on January 22.  All adults are invited to sing; no auditions are necessary.  The group sings a wide variety of music from sacred to Broadway to pop.  The Chorale is under the direction of Barb Stumpf with Vicki Spofford as the accompanist.
 

The Music Center also has a men’s singing group, Brothers in Harmony.  Teen and adult men are invited to sing every Monday evening at 7 p.m., starting again on January 19.  The group sings a wide variety of music.  No auditions are needed, just a love of singing.  This group is under the direction of Kathy Pederson.
 

This year the Music Center has a new group, Kids Sing!  Open to children ages 5-12, this group meets on Monday evenings from 6-6:45 p.m.  Children are welcome to join at any time.  The group is part vocal lesson and part performance with a lot of fun in between.
 

These Chorale groups are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  All of these groups are free and open to everyone.  To sign up or for more information, please contact St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637.









 

By Jeanie

St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, recently held their auditions for the 2014-2015 Laura Jane Musser Merit Scholarships.  Thirty-nine students were nominated by their teachers to participate in the auditions.  Each student performed two contrasting pieces for an independent judge.  Students were judged on their ability at their level of study, so students of all ages were able to compete.
 

Ten exceptional students were awarded a $100 scholarship to be used towards their 2014-15 tuition.  These students are:  Kayla Bense and Kyle Winge from Long Prairie; Andrew Hintz from Randall; Hannah Miller, Vera Miller, Elijah Rick and Quinn Rick from Browerville; Mason Langner from Royalton; Rachel Leisenheimer and Isaac Olson from Little Falls.
 

Also awarded were two Franciscan Sister Scholarships to:  Anika Rick and Greta Rick from Browerville.
 

The judges were impressed by all the students that auditioned.  The auditions are open to all instruments.  This year piano, violin, guitar, cello, flute, and voice students participated.
 

The Merit Scholarship Program is funded by the Laura Jane Musser Trust for the purpose of rewarding and assisting highly dedicated and talented music students to continue their studies. St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts located in Little Falls.  All their programs are open to everyone.  For more information, please call (320)632-0637.




 

By Jeanie

The St. Francis Community Chorale will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church in Upsala. What a wonderful way to celebrate the Advent season with beautiful and inspiring music!


The Chorale will present Christmas music of various styles. There will be several songs from The Ceremony of Candles by Joseph Martin. As the audience listens to these songs, they will recognize many traditional carols and melodies. There will also be several fun songs including: Baby, It’s Cold Outside; We Need a Little Christmas; Perfect Christmas Night from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” and more! The Community Chorale is directed by Barb Stumpf and accompanied by Vicki Spofford. Also appearing in the concert will be Diana Poehler on flute.


The concert is free and open to the public. The St. Francis Chorale groups are sponsored by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature. For more information please call St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637 or visit their website at www.sfmusiccenter.org.

By Jeanie

Chorale ConcertThe St. Francis Community Chorale will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. What a wonderful way to kick off your Advent season with beautiful and inspiring music!
 

The Chorale will present Christmas music of various styles. There will be several songs from The Ceremony of Candles by Joseph Martin. As the audience listens to these songs they will recognize many traditional carols and melodies. There will also be several fun songs including: Baby, It’s Cold Outside; We Need a Little Christmas; Perfect Christmas Night from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” and more! The Community Chorale is directed by Barb Stumpf and accompanied by Vicki Spofford. Also appearing in the concert will be Elise Spofford on flute and Kendra Sobania on violin.
 

Also featured at this concert will be Brothers in Harmony, a men’s singing group from St. Francis Music Center. This group is under the direction of Kathy Pederson. The new St. Francis Children’s Chorale will also sing with the Chorale on three songs. 
 

St. Francis Music Center is proud to offer all these singing activities free of charge to anyone in our area who wishes to join in. Singing together creates a joyful community; all the audience members will see the love and passion that all the vocalists have for singing!
 

The concert is free and open to the public. The St. Francis Chorale groups are sponsored by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature. For more information please call St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637 or visit their website at www.sfmusiccenter.org.

 

By Jeanie

Making MerrySt. Francis Music Center proudly presents the St. Francis Preparatory and Concert Orchestras in a Christmas Concert “Making Merry” on Friday, December 12 at 7 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.
 

Come and join the musicians in a festive concert featuring students of all ages, faculty, and friends from the Heartland Symphony as well!
 

The Preparatory Orchestra will present Christmas Fiddlers on the Housetop (a Christmas favorite, hoe down style); Arctic Circle; Beethoven’s Ode to Joy; Theme from Dvorak’s New World Symphony; and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Also Korrin Gwost and Sarah Leisenheimer will be featured in a duet, Santa Lucia.
 

The St. Francis Concert Orchestra will present Carol of the Bells; Songs of Pleasure and Joy; Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow (put on your dancing shoes!); Sing We Now of Christmas; Pachelbel’s Christmas; and music from Disney’s popular animation FROZEN. Several percussionists, faculty members, and members of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra will join in the musical fun! Cheyenne Wuebkers, flute student at the Music Center, will be featured in Carol of the Bells.
 

Directing both groups will be Bobbi French, director of the strings department and instructor at St. Francis Music Center.
 

The public is invited to attend this free concert and hear wonderful string music in a beautiful setting. There will be baskets for free will donations. The String Orchestras are supported by the Five Wings Arts Council, US Bank, private donations and the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. For more information, please call the Music Center at (320)632-0637 or visit their website at www.sfmusiccenter.org.