We hope this letter finds our fellow alumni well! For those of you who may have lost track, this year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Leelanau Children's Choir and Youth Ensemble. 20 years! Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday that the three of us met at that first rehearsal held in the basement of Leland Methodist Church. How little did we know that the small group of 8 would become the program it has become. To this day, memories of friendship and music during our time with LCC and LYE are still shared among us. While not everyone went on to pursue a career in music or the arts, music has remained an integral part of life for so many of us.
In June of the 15th anniversary year, the LCC/LYE board established the Senior Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any senior in the Youth Ensemble. This senior is selected by the scholarship committee and the choir members. There are several components to the selection: number of concerts performed, a series of essay questions, any special performance (whether singing, instrumental, or dramatic), and an interview with the committee. This final part is a series of questions that their fellow peers in choir answer about them. The final selection is very much dependent on the individual’s demonstration of commitment, leadership, and character.
As founding members, today we invite you to join the Alumni Circle, and here is how: We are asking for a minimum commitment of—but not limited to—$50 a year for three years. This contribution will go specifically to fund the senior scholarship and can be paid in one payment or through a payment plan during the choir season via Check or Paypal. The donation is tax deductible and your name will be in the program along with other contributing members of the Alumni Circle. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the new generation of a program that gave so much to us. Your check made out to LCC/LYE can be sent to the same at P.O. Box 688, Suttons Bay, Michigan 49682 (memo: Senior Scholarship). We hope that you will join us in this campaign!
Check out the 20th Anniversary Facebook page for more information about the upcoming concert and how you can be a part of the celebration. Please also forward this to any and all past singers who you are in touch with! What a grand evening it would be to bring as many of us as possible together!