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Local singers part of Indianapolis Children's Choir

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Two Henry County altos, Kat Hoots and Kyndall Bean, are part of the ensemble of performers celebrating the season this year in Indy.

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) is an organization based at Butler University that offers music programs for different age groups and abilities. 

Kat, a Tri High School senior, has been part of ICC for six years. For the last three years, she’s been with the Anderson Area Youth Chorale. 

Kat also sings in the Tri High choir.

“Music has always been very important to her. She’s always loved to sing,” said Lisa Hoots, Kat’s mother.

Kat’s music teacher in elementary school recommended her to be part of ICC. That summer, Kat went to summer camp at the Butler campus and auditioned for the choir.

Lisa said the Indianapolis Children’s Choir has given Kat opportunities to travel and perform in exciting venues, like churches in New York City and intimate locations, like nursing homes.

Kat even auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” when it was in the area.

Kat said the pieces ICC teaches the young singers is more challenging than things most schools can offer.

“It gives you an appreciation for the music with how hard it is,” she said.

One piece in particular, an Irish folk song called “I’ll Tell My Ma,” involves clapping and stomping while also staying in key and in synch with the rest of the choir.

“It was really challenging but really fun at the same time,” Kat said.

And the payoff was great when all the hard work came together.

Kat is looking forward to the upcoming Christmas concerts Dec. 14-15 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis.

Those concerts allow singers like Kat to interact with the audience, too, which is another part of ICC that she enjoys.

While Kat has been singing with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir for years, this is the first Christmas season for Kyndall Bean.

Kyndall, a fifth-grader at Riley Elementary School, said ICC is teaching her more than just the rounds and harmonies.

“I really wanted to try to get over my stage fright,” Kyndall said.

She’s committed to performing in the school talent show. The ICC experience is providing the steps she needs to get there.

Just before Thanksgiving, Kyndall performed during a church service at the North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

She will perform Dec. 15 at St. Luke’s with the Fisher’s Choir and in “The Nutcracker” Dec. 16 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.

Kyndall is looking forward to singing “Hodie Christus Natus Est,” a traditional Gregorian chant sung at Christmas.

Kyndall’s mom, Nicole Shaw, felt Kyndall’s natural singing abilities could grow with formal training, so she signed Kyndall up for ICC over the summer.

Nicole learned about the local community Raintree Children’s Choir this fall and Kyndall joined that group, too.

“She’s just grown leaps and bounds with her singing ability,” Nicole said. “And she’s a lot more confident.”

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) serves approximately 5,500 young people each year. The ICC regularly appears with orchestras, professional artists and ensembles. The singers have performed for Indiana gubernatorial and mayoral inaugurations, for honored state guests and as part of major sporting event throughout Indianapolis.

For ticket and show information for the ICC “A Christmas Carol” performances, visit icchoir.org/2018-2019-season. Ticket sales for the 2018-2019 ICC concert series help support the mission to inspire student achievement through music education.