The Rock Valley Children’s Choir presents its unique fundraiser, “The Great American Sing-a-Thon,” on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Spring Creek United Church of Christ on Spring Creek and Alpine Roads. The choir does not sell candy or wrapping paper to raise money for their organization, instead each of the members sell themselves by pledging to independently learn 25 great American songs from our musical heritage and then find sponsors at $0.50 or a $1 a song.
“This is a great learning project for the singers and the wonderful songs will be part of the rest of their lives. They also have learn public speaking and time management to be successful.” says the choir’s director, Leah Baskin. The sing-along concert also features the Joel Ross Jazz Trio accompanying the choir.
The songs are selected each year from a master list of over 150 songs which include folk, tin pan alley, Broadway, sacred, patriotic, and rock ‘n roll genres.
“I’m always amazed at which songs the choir selects each year. It’s pretty eclectic, but I really have to respect a student who wants to learn ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ ‘Amazing Grace,’ and ‘Don’t Fence Me In,’ all at the same time. The best part about the project is that people know all the money pledged goes to our choir members. We don’t have to return 50 percent to suppliers like the cookie dough company.” There are no tickets for the concert, just a free-will offering and a request for the audience to peruse the master list and suggest more essential songs for the next edition.