Hi! I have been in Chorale for 4 years and was in Bel Canto for 2 years. I am going to miss so much of Chorale. The thing I will miss the most is getting to be with everyone and share music. My advice for younger singers is to not stress and just participate. Everything we do in Chorale, even the silly things, are for a reason. I would like to thank all the section leaders and Mrs. Patton. My life has been completely changed by Chorale and everything it has taught me. I will always keep music and the friends I have made along the way in my heart! Sara
I have sung in Chorale for 4 years and in Bel Canto for 2 years prior to that. I will miss being part of a group of such amazing and TALENTED people who are all so kind and fun to be around. In Chorale I have learned the value of commitment, and how to work hard to achieve goals. I have also learned how to work and act in professional settings, which will help me in whatever I choose to do in my future. My advice to younger singers is to obviously work hard, but also have fun. The years that I’ve spent in Chorale are years that I will remember for the rest of my life, and it’s important to make the most of them. I hope to pursue a career in music education or piano performance. This year when we were getting close to Casper and the end of our trip, our bus sang some of the songs we’ve been doing in case we wouldn’t be singing together for awhile. (COVID) The last song we sang was “In His Eyes”. When we were singing, I felt the strong bond we had made over the trip, and I knew that even if we wouldn’t sing together for awhile, I had enjoyed this year so much, and I am so grateful that I’ve been able to be part of this group. I have realized what an amazing and special group the Casper Children’s Chorale is, and I won’t forget it. Halle
Being in Chorale has given me confidence to be a well spoken individual. Not only am I confident to speak in front of crowds, I am more confident in my everyday life. I think this is important moving on to high school and college because you need to have good social skills to be successful. I might be nervous, but I know how to handle myself now thanks to lessons we learned in Chorale. Thank you all for everything. I miss you so much. Aubrey
I’ve been in Children’s Chorale for 4 years, and Bel Canto for 2 years. I will miss being a part of a group I have had so much fun with. I have learned how to be part of a group and a team, as well as skills for life. My advice would be to be open to making new friends and to not be too stressed about stuff like trips, because it will all work out! Taylor
I was in Bel Canto for one year, and this is my fourth year in Chorale. My favorite song was the Rhythm of Life. My favorite trip was Chicago–Eralys, Ava, and I were roommates, and we had a blast at the museums together, not to mention how great it felt to win the competition that year and hear the news at Medieval Times! I plan to continue singing and work toward moving to Europe someday as an educator or doctor. This family of song gives so much hope and confidence to people all around. I’ll miss it more than I could possible say. Journey
I was in Bel Canto for one year and in Chorale for two years. For my education I want to continue with music, but I would also like to go to medical school and help people. I would love to give a shout out to my friend Harley because when I first joined Chorale she was there to be my friend even though she had other friends that she could choose to talk to. I am so grateful that I have gotten to spend these last few years in Chorale. It has taught me so much about music and to not be afraid to do what I want to do. Thanks you Mrs. Patton and all the section leaders that showed me how to believe in myself. I will miss you all. Wyatt
My advice to new chorale members is to stay strong! I will miss all of my friends. I will miss Miss Mandy, Miss Erin, Mrs. Patton, and all the leaders. I will really miss singing in the Chorale. I learned to socialize with other singers during cookie break, and it helped me with my move to Wyoming. Grace
Words of Wisdom
I was honored to be a Member of the Casper Children’s Chorale for several years, and it has had a profound impact on my life. In addition to the great friends and great experiences, it has taught me the values of hard work, dedication, and the joy of taking pride in something worthwhile.
Even as a child, I soon realized the importance of being on time, every time, to every rehearsal. And as each season progressed, it became very clear what we were working for. Mrs. Patton and Mrs. Johnson taught us the value of discipline by not letting us settle for less than perfect…..ever. I remember many times going over something many times until we got it right. This taught me that practice makes perfect, and that you have to work hard for something worth having. And what a sense of accomplishment! The end result was perfection, and being able to share that with everyone we had the joy of performing for was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
The experience that IS the Casper Children’s Chorale is something that I will always cherish. The lessons / values that I learned during my time as a CCC member I carry within me to this day, and I benefit from them in both my personal life and professional life.
Craig M. Scaling, CCC Alumni
We just wanted to send a BIG “Thank You” to you, all of your wonderful section leaders and pianists (and drummer!), and all of the choir members for a wonderfully, enjoyable performance last night at Highland Park! This is our first year with a child in CCC, and we are thrilled with this opportunity that she has to be a part of such a top notch organization. Your energy, enthusiasm and grace is great fun to watch…no wonder the children pay such close attention to your every move.
The song choices were LOVELY. The audience laughed and cried and were completely captivated. I have never heard Alla Breve before…wow! The touch of the violin in “Petit Enfant”…perfect.
Thank you for your dedication and passion to bring this gift to Casper and to our children. I heard that comment from many last night. We hope you and your family have a few moments now for some rest and relaxation!
Randy, Cathy and Hope Becker
Children’s Chorale gives kids a chance to see what it means to pursue excellence. It teaches you that you can have a nice voice but it doesn’t mean much unless you work in concert with the voices around you. I think that serves as a powerful metaphor for life.
From Tim Stubson, Crowley Fleck PLLP
The Casper Children’s Chorale both raised music to a higher level of consciousness and brought it down to a level of accessibility. With the training and study we undertook in our weekly rehearsals, music was no longer something that could not be understood or replicated. I could appreciate the thought and effort that went into such things as harmonies, sustaining notes and diction when listening to music, and that made the music that much more moving.
From the time I became a member of the Children’s Chorale into my 30’s, I sang in a variety of other vocal groups in schools and churches. The voice and breathing exercises I learned in the Children’s Chorale always stuck with me, and no other group ever came close to the level of dedication and discipline. No matter where I was singing, the CCC ethic always taught me to try harder.
It took many years to realize that one of the most important things about the Children’s Chorale is that it all happened in Casper, Wyoming. Few small cities in sparsely-populated states can boast that, but CCC had a place at the table among the other cultural centers. The Children’s Chorale took me to Chicago and would take my successors to New York. We really were that good.
The thought that 80 youngsters between the ages of 10 and 13 could be made to do anything, let alone sit still and sing together–often in Latin–under the direction of one person is still amazing to me. That such an organization could continue for more than 30 years in its same basic form is equally astounding and it makes me very proud to have been part of it.
John Broumley, CCC Member 1982-1986
Being a member of the Casper Children’s Chorale was one of the most important experiences in my life. I learned to appreciate different kinds of music and met kids who had the same interests in music and art that I had. Most importantly, I learned what it was like to be a part of something greater than my own self interests. I learned to be part of a group, and that our contributions collectively created something beautiful and enduring. I am still in touch with many alumni and we share a connection that is special. What I didn’t realize, though, at the time I was in the Casper Children’s Chorale was that I would be able to share everything I learned and loved with my children. That is the greatest blessing and for that I will always be grateful.
Bill Cubin, CPA
I was in Children’s Chorale for 5 years, and I learned so much about singing from Mrs. Patton. That knowledge and love of singing carried me into loving musical theater as well. I’m a student at Kelly Walsh now, and I have been in the KWHS spring musical for the past 4 years, with yet another coming up in February. I am also in A Cappella and Esprit de Corps choirs at KW, and I play piano for Encore Vocal Jazz. In short, I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t started singing in Bel Canto in second grade, and then Chorale in 4th-8th grade. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Hey Mrs. Patton, this is Kevin. Since I’m not your on your friends list I had to use my Mom’s profile. I was in Chorale from 2005-2010 and loved all five years. All the of the trips were a blast, especially in Orlando when we won 3 awards! My 8th grade year was one of the best, but I will never forget any of my years in Chorale. Now I attend Kelly Walsh High School and have sung in A Capella, Esprit de Corps, Encore, and Concert Men. This year I auditioned and was accepted into the Wyoming All-State Choir, a wonderful honor. I have also been involved with the Kelly Walsh musicals for 7 years. This coming year I will be moving to Laramie where I will be singing for the high school there. I would like to thank you Mrs. Patton for all that you have done to make me who I am as a singer and person. You changed my life. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.