Again we are looking at the key players at Lyrical Lines. Last year Rebecca Cameron St-Pierre sat down with Nancy Kidd to talk about Lyrical Lines
Continuing our series of Interviews of Introduction, I spoke with Nancy Kidd. Nancy is a lifelong music educator and the artistic director and conductor for the Age of Majority Singers. She has participated in Waterloo Region High School Choral Festival in several years past and is a strong positive force in Waterloo Region's music community.
How would you describe your experience with the Waterloo Region High School Choral Festival?
The Waterloo Region High School Choral Festival is a unique opportunity and amazing experience for music teachers and choral students to come together in music sponsored and supported by LLEN. We had the chance to opt in to this Festival, learn several pieces pre-selected by a guest conductor/clinician and come together to rehearse with the “master” teacher and perform for the public at the Centre in the Square. This allowed smaller choirs a chance to perform more difficult and varied repertoire that might not be possible in their own choirs due to size or voicing. Teachers received valuable clinics through observing the guest conductor rehearse this repertoire.
The Festival also provided the chance for students interested in singing in smaller groups to audition for the Honours Chamber Choirs. This provided more challenging choral experiences for individual singers from participating schools to audition, commit, rehearse and perform with guest conductors.
Above all, this experience evolved into a community of secondary school singers who grew to know and respect each other through the love of choral singing. It provided a chance for hundreds of teens to share and bond with many other like-minded teens.
We were so lucky to have this provided and organized for us through the vision of Lyrical Lines Education Network.
How would you describe your experience with the Age of Majority Singers?
In many ways, the founding of the AOMS is a "dream come true" following a very fulfilling teaching career in Music Education. I am fascinated by the “need” for this choir by its members! I feel like we are all making beautiful music together because we remember a time that doing so touched us. I am excited and passionate about every rehearsal with this group! This community of singers is still evolving for me and for its unique demographic (young adults from 19-35)
How do you feel Lyrical Lines Education Network Inc. contributes to Waterloo Region?
This group continues to lend support, passion, resources, advice, experience and love of music to the music community. The people behind Lyrical Lines understand and recognize the benefits of experiencing the effects of music at every age. If there is a musical project that LLEN can support for the provision of unique musical experiences in the community, this organization will be there.
How has music education affected your life?
I am a teacher first and am blessed that teaching music has been my vehicle to touch and reach people at every age. I have continued to learn and take courses and study with amazing educators. I have also watched as young people have blossomed into self-confident, caring, poised, passionate community members through their experiences in music classes, choirs, bands and orchestras. I have watched young teachers learn and grow and affect hundreds of young people through the gifts they share and the passion of their teaching.