Building and developing on a strong tradition of 37 years, the Land of Lakes Choirboys, based near Elk River, turns to the future with new leadership and renewed vision focused on the development of young gentlemen through the discipline of music.
With more than 20 years of experience in conducting choirs, orchestras and other ensembles of all ages, Aaron J. Carpenter, LOLCB’s Artistic Director since November 2011, brings a focus on collaboration, a passion for the choral art, an understanding of youth development and a vision for the future. During the past eight years Carpenter has taken the choirs on nine tours through the U.S. and Canada, performing for thousands of audience members. He brings to the organization his skills in visioning, teaching, planning, collaboration, as well as passion for developing the skills of boys. His focus is on the individual boy and how they contribute to the choir as a team member.
After Carpenter assumed the duties of the Artistic Director, the Land of Lakes Choirboys turned all attention toward the future, developing a strong recruitment plan and hiring two new associate directors. The Land of Lakes Choirboys had many candidates apply for these openings and saw great potential in two of its finalists for the associate director positions. They decided to bring on board Taylor Quinn and Corinne Olinger, who each have backgrounds in voice, children’s choirs, conducting and teaching.
Quinn is a graduate of Northwestern College with a degree in vocal performance. T
Olinger is currently the music teacher at St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Elk River and her two sons have sung in the choir.
The Land of Lakes Choirboys believes in developing boys through the discipline of music.
“The growth that takes place in these boys over their tenure with the choir is phenomenal,” said Carpenter. “These boys come to our program with varied backgrounds – musical and non-musical – to learn, to grow, to make friends, and to sing. We simply provide them an environment so they can do these things and more.”
The boys of the Land of Lakes Choirboys range in age from 5 – 14 years old and make up four different choirs within the organization. A new energy also surrounds the developing Men’s Chorus. This choir, which has previously consisted of former Land of Lakes Choirboys, has found a new vision under the teamwork of the entire artistic staff. The Men’s Chorus is now open to any male singer whose voice has changed.
The choir program offers a quality music education based on the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life training program. The boys explore the areas of using the voice well, musical skills and understanding, repertoire, belonging to the choir, choir in context and, of course, good manners and behavior.
For more information about the Land of Lakes Choirboys or the Land of Lakes Men’s Chorus and to get your son or yourself involved, visit www.lolcb.org or call 763-213-8105.