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Concert Featuring Premiere of Award Winning Composer Tim Takach's "We Come From The Music"

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SingFest features an inspiring day of workshops and singing, with separate tracks of activities for teachers and their students grades 4-9 who love to sing

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. - March 14, 2019 - EntSun -- Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus is proud to announce Tim Takach as guest clinician for the 2019 "Lift our Song!" SingFest. This annual community engagement event features an inspiring day of workshops, singing, and activities for teachers and their students grades 4-9. The event will be held Saturday, April 13 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road (near the intersection of Roosevelt and York Roads) in Elmhurst IL.

During an intensive day of learning for children, guest clinician Tim Takach, an award-winning Minneapolis-based composer, will prepare students for the world premiere of his Anima-commissioned piece, "We Come From the Music". According to Takach, the piece, which features lyrics by hip-hop and spoken word artist Desdamona, uses elements of percussive singing and body percussion and "…talks about how music is inside of us, wanting to get out. Music and rhythm are with us since birth and accompany us throughout our lives."

Teachers will participate in a separate track of professional development workshops, with networking and shared learning opportunities, led by Takach and Charles Sundquist, Anima's Artistic Director.

The world premiere of Takach's "We Come From the Music" composition will be performed by all SingFest participants during a festival concert culminating the event. The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church and is open to the public, free of charge.

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Anima will also host Takach for a residency where he will visit several area schools, sharing his talents and enabling students to learn from an expert in the field. Each of the five Anima choral programs will also participate in on-site clinics led by Takach.

Anima-Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus presents "Lift our Song!" SingFest 2019 on Saturday, April 13th at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road (near the intersection of Roosevelt and York Roads) in Elmhurst IL. All music teachers, college students, choir directors and students grades 4-9 who love to sing are invited to attend. Costs for the workshops are $60 for teachers; $30 for college students; and $20 for students. A free community concert, open to the public, will be held at 3 p.m. For more information, visit: http://www.animasingers.org/events.


Reviewed as "gorgeous" (Washington Post) and "stunning" (Lawrence Journal-World), the music of Timothy C. Takach has risen fast in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, his compositions have been performed on A Prairie Home Companion, The Boston Pops holiday tour, multiple All-State and festival programs and at venues such as the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center and Royal Opera House Muscat. He is a co-creator of the theatrical production of All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914, by Peter Rothstein. Takach has frequent national work as a composer-in-residence, presenter, conductor, clinician and lecturer. He is a full-time composer and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.

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Desdamona is an international award–winning artist; who has taken her distinct lyrics, sounds, and artistic stylings to audiences from Minnesota to Hawaii to Puerto Rico to Germany; gracing some of Hip Hop and poetry's most illustrious stages. Desdamona has worked in over 200 schools throughout the Midwest, conducting workshops and as an artist in residence, working with more than 10,000 students in public, private, and alternative schools as well as colleges and universities. She has also worked in residences and workshops in Stillwater Prison, Shakopee Prison, Red Wing Juvenile Facility and the Juvenile Detention Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Anima-Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus is a youth choral organization, founded in 1964, internationally renowned for the quality of choral education and performance it provides. The Chorus is dedicated to transforming young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing. Anima (formerly Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus) was the first children's chorus in America to be recognized and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts for the professionalism of its work and captured four Grammy awards for its performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti. Its six ensembles serve children from over 35 different Chicagoland communities, with outreach programs reaching 1000 additional children annually. International tours have taken the Chorus to six continents.  ANIMA (AH-nee-mah) is the Latin word for breath, life, soul, spirit.  Anima is a state-approved Professional Development Provider through the Regional Office of Education.

Simrit Patel, Executive Director
Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus

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