2017 Abendmusik Children's Choir Festival: music that inspires

Saturday, February 11th - 9:00 to 12:30 p.m. (Concert at 12:00 p.m.)

Children's choirs or individual singers (grades 3 through 5) from the region are invited to sing with the Omaha Children’s Choir and Nebraska Academy of Vocal Arts for Abendmusik’s Seventh Annual Children’s Choir Festival. Fun and energetic guest conductor Karol Kimmell will lead this year’s festival. Karol Kimmell has served as the Director of Youth and Children’s Music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in midtown Atlanta, since 1998. In addition, Karol serves as co-director and faculty member for the Choristers Guild Institute, a three-summer certification program for children's church choir directors, and also for Lutheridge Music Week in Arden, NC, an innovative music & worship-filled week (July) for 1st graders through adults.

The children will learn four pieces in advance of our festival day with their home choirs or at group rehearsals at First-Plymouth Church on Wednesdays starting January 11 – February 8, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.  Then the singers assemble on Festival Day to rehearse with Karol Kimmell.  This year's festival will culminate with the children singing in a noon performance in the beautiful acoustics of First-Plymouth Church's sanctuary.

Preparation Requirements

All participants must prepare the following music in advance of the Festival.  

Memorization is encouraged.  

1. Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord- Jeff Reeves (Shawnee Press 35029267)

2. The Gift of Love- Hal Hopson (unison/two part) (Hope Publishing CF148)

3. Ain’-a that Good News- African-American spiritual/ arr. Mark Patterson (CGA1029)

4. Hymn/Descant: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light- Kathleen Thomerson (PDF)

If not provided by your director, printed scores for these festival pieces can be purchased directly from Cliff Hill Music.

Registration Fee is $10 per child.  Scholarships available to those in need.

Register Online

Register by mail:

2017 Children's Choir Festival Registration Form

Pay Registration Fee by Credit Card/Online

2017 Children's Choir Festival Schedule

For more information, please contact: Drew Duncan via email or phone: (402) 476-9933

2017 Abendmusik Youth Choir Festival: music that inspires

Information coming in January 2017