Land of Lakes Choirboys
Land of Lakes Choirboys
Known for singing works of various musicians such as Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, the choristers sing religious and secular music. The Land of Lakes Choirboys are supported by various organizations and individual donors. Land of Lakes Choirboys was founded by Craig Carmody-Anderson in 1976. It consisted of a single choir and depended on the community and a school building to support choir events. Beginning with eighteen members and conducted by Anderson himself, the organization continued to grow.
Deciding it was important to perform for different audiences, the Choir purchased a motor coach in 1984. This allowed the Choir to conduct tours and provide transportation. To compensate for limited space, the Choir purchased several acres of land and an old schoolhouse building near Elk River, Minnesota in 1991. This is where the organization functioned, holding its choir rehearsals and activities. To create its own unique sound, the Choir began searching for a new conductor.
Born in New Zealand, Francis Stockwell was hired. Stockwell was a music director at a school in Switzerland and had experience working with the Vienna Boys' Choir. The Choir then established a second ensemble that was used to train choristers until they were invited into the touring choir. Anderson directed the training choir while Stockwell directed the touring choir. In 2002, the State of Minnesota ordered the condemnation of the choir's land to construct a highway overpass.
Rehearsals and activities were temporarily held inside of a local church building, until the choir purchased a facility near St. Francis, Minnesota. This is where the organization continues to function. Through time, the choir grew large enough for the organization to hire Aaron Carpenter.
Carpenter took the direction of two new training choirs and later the national touring choir. In February 2010, one of their former choirboys took over as Executive Director. P.J. Fanberg was a choirboy from 1994-1997. In the fall of 2011, after the departure of Mr.
Stockwell, Associate Director Aaron Carpenter was promoted to the position of Artistic Director. Mr. Carpenter then brought on two Associate Directors, Corinne Olinger and Taylor Quinn. Read more on Last.fm.
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