St. A’s choir best at Lacombe festival

The St. Augustine After School Choir recently competed in the Lacombe and District Music Festival.

The St. Augustine After School Choir recently competed in the Lacombe and District Music Festival. Choir mistress Leanne Oslund leads the group in practice for the provincial music festival in May.

By Jasmine Franklin

The sound of 50 St. Augustine Elementary School voices earned a prestigious award and invitation to sing at the provincial music festival.

The St. Augustine After School Choir recently competed in the Lacombe and District Music Festival. They received a high honour rating and were awarded the Ralph Craig Memorial Award — presented to the best elementary choir in choral music.

“They’ve been really committed and working hard,” said choir mistress Leanne Oslund. “They sang extremely well.”

In addition to winning an unexpected award, the choir won the heart of an adjudicator who recommended the team perform at the provincial music festival in May. A choir can attend the festival only if recommended by a judge, Oslund said.

“The kids are so pumped! Even just to win the award was an honour but for them to receive the marks and recommendation is just amazing,” Oslund said.

The grades 1 to 6 choir practices every Monday since October and consists of 50 children. Oslund has led the after school choir for three years and this year served to be the highest in participation.