Vocal teacher donates choral library to area

THE REGION has been given a wonderful gift of a choral library housed here in Terrace.

KATHERINE VANKAMPEN shows some of the choral library she donated to Terrace and area. It includes the three drawers in this filing cabinet

THE REGION has been given a wonderful gift of a choral library housed here in Terrace.

Katherine vanKampen, who is running a summer music theatre camp here this week, donated her choral library, which fills a filing cabinet plus three more drawers of hanging files after seeing a need for it here.

“The library will be accessible to everyone in the Pacific Northwest who teaches choir, both public and private, and will save teachers having to spend huge amounts of money on purchasing music for their groups,” says Bonnie Juniper, president of the Pacific Northwest Music Festival, which put on the music camp.

A choral library consists of many copies of many selections of music, in all different styles and languages, for different ranges of singers voices, explains Juniper.

“This is why this donation is so fantastic,” says Juniper.

“It costs a lot of money for a choir to purchase just one piece to sing, as you need a copy for every singer, plus the conductor and the pianist.

“Having so many selections donated to the Terrace area will be a wonderful asset for all choirs for many years to come.”

VanKampen had an international singing career and is now a vocal teacher and festival adjudicator – she was one of the adjudicators at this year’s festival.

The choral library is housed at the Cedar River Physiotherapy Clinic.

Tomorrow, Aug. 23, music theatre camp participants will put on a free performance of Snow White that’s  open to the public at 1 p.m. at Knox United Church.