Bel Canto Choir to preform during state inaugurations on Monday

The Bel Canto Choir performs at a recent concert.

REXBURG – Madison High School’s Bel Canto Choir will serenade politicians during inauguration ceremonies on Monday in Boise.

Of note, the Bel Canto Choir is the only – the only – high school choir invited to do so, said the school’s choir director David Hinck.

“We’re just grateful to receive an invitation from President Pro Temp Brent Hill,” he said.

The choir plans to leave for Boise at 4 a.m. on Monday and be in Boise just in time for the pageantry that starts at noon.

“I think they’re excited to go and do it. I don’t know if they understand the magnitude at this point, but they will. It’s a pretty cool thing,” he said.

The Bel Canto Choir plans to sing the “National Anthem” as well as an arrangement of “America the Beautiful” by Mark Hayes and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter Wilhousky.

Attending the inauguration of various politicians will give the students a chance to witness history, Hinck said.

“Specifically, with this event in Boise, they’re going be right in the middle of the democratic process. It’s a pretty good thing to be there and to actually experience how it actually happens. Those are things the general public doesn’t see very much,” he said.

Hinck expressed gratitude toward the Madison School District and the Madison County community for allowing the choir to attend the inauguration.

“I’m grateful we live in a community that supports and helps to make those opportunities for us,” he said.

This is the second time that Gem State legislators have asked the Bell Canto Choir to entertain, said Hinck, who has served as the school’s choir direct for 24 years.

“We did it several years ago as well. Honestly, I didn’t think we’d get asked again. There are so many schools in Idaho they could chose from. I’m grateful to have the invitation again,” he said.

Eighty-one junior and senior students, both male and female, and between the ages of 16 and 18 make up the choir. Hinck requires the youth to try out for the choir.

“We do a fairly wide variety of styles and things, but they are a concert choir,” Hinck said.

The Ben Canto Choir puts on five major concerts a year. They recently preformed with professional singer Kurt Bestor during “Madison Presents.”

“That’s a very rewarding activity in many ways. It’s a great experience working with a professional entertainer. That was pretty fun,” he said. “It was a great fundraiser for our students and the program.”

The choir also just performed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

“We’ve been busy,” Hinck said.

Hinck says that singing is a great way for youth to convey their feelings.

“Kids express themselves through their sports, their painting or drama. Music is another form of expression that way. It helps us to connect,” he said.

Belonging to a choir gives a young person the opportunity to serve within a team.

“There aren’t very many things in life that require a large group of people to do the same thing at the exact same time together,” Hinck said. “We need experiences like that to help build our community. Music is one of the avenues that helps us develop those kinds of skills. I could go on and on.”

For more information on the choir, visit http://madisonhighschoolchoirs.weebly.com/bel-cantos.html.