Six youth choirs from the Northwest and Nairobi, Kenya, congregate in Tacoma this weekend for the first annual Youth Choir Festival Northwest at Pacific Lutheran University.
Six choirs of young people from as close as Gig Harbor and as far as Nairobi, Kenya, will meet and sing together this Saturday as part of the first annual Youth Choir Festival Northwest. Culminating the choral get-together will be a public concert at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Hall, featuring all six choirs.
Designed for advanced middle school, high school and college choirs, the festival is the offshoot of the 14-year Fort Worden Children’s Choir Festival, which has hosted choirs from around the country to sing, learn and socialize together. The Fort Worden festival, which was held in May, also featured an African choir for the first time: the Makini Schools Children’s choir, also from Nairobi. In Tacoma, the Nairobi Girls’ Chorale (which has the same director, David Isindu) will participate and perform, staying at local homes and sightseeing. The choir has had recent internet success in Africa after a televised competition.
The cultural visit came after months of difficulty with visas, organizers said in a press release. “The U.S. government is especially cautious of allowing single, young adults into the country,” it said. Read more »