Traverse City Music Boosters


Harriet Tubman Project

(Featuring WSH & CHS Choirs)

The TCAPS Choral Departments of Central and West High Schools present “The Journey of Harriet Tubman” on Thursday, February 1 at the First Congregational Church at 7:00 PM. This performance will be the culmination event of the 3-day residency with the composer, Ron Kean and filmmaker, Hannah Kean. “The Journey of Harriet Tubman” is a multimedia work featuring familiar African-American Spirituals in the west African music style. The selected Spirituals reflect the life and times of Harriet Tubman with the voice of Harriet being sung by dramatic soprano Vanessa A. Allen, of Grand Rapids, Michigan

In preparation for this 5-movement work, students have spent time learning these beautiful melodies and about how they functioned as a form of communication code. The West African oral traditions of storytelling, recording history, metaphor, and coded message helped the transplanted Africans not only to transcend the despair and pain of their enslavement, but also to preserve their heritage in spite of their oppressed circumstances.While Spirituals have long been a part of the choral repertoire, studying this work along with the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, has brought new light to the approach of the text and musical elements.

In addition to Central High School’s Chorale and West Senior High’s Chorale and Bel Canto choirs, high school artists will have visual art on display and instrumental ensembles will also be featured. 

2023 Music Boosters Benefit Concert

2023 Music Boosters concert is comprised of Central and West's award winning bands, orchestras and choirs!   Proceeds from this benefit to go to scholarships and classroom mini-grants!

Dr. Jacob Narverud Composer-In-Residence

The semester is flying by and all the choirs are busy putting final musical elements in place as we prepare for our Composer-in-Residence week with Dr. Jacob Narverud. Dr. Narverud is an American composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. He is a sought-after composer who has been commissioned to write new works for over fifty choral organizations nationwide,as well as ensembles in Australia and Japan. 

The TCAPS Vocal Department Composer-in-Residence is possible due to a generous bequest from Mr. Bill Engle, a long time TC Music Booster. Dr. Jacob Narverud composed a piece of music for us and we invited him to work with our students March 6-10 during class time.  The culminating concert will be given on Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 PM at Corson Auditorium on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. This concert will feature collaborative performances by our TCAPS secondary choral students, featuring:

Central High School Bel Canto, Choral-Aires, and Chorale

East Middle School Chamber Choir 

West Middle School Madrigals 

West Senior High School Bel Canto 

West Senior High School Choral-Aires and Chorale 

In preparation for this concert, Bel Canto, Chorale and Choral-Aires have two days of additional rehearsals next week. Here are the details…

Tuesday, March 7 (Early Release Day) - Combined rehearsal at Central HS 

BC, C, CA students need to get lunch and find their own transportation for rehearsal at Central HS with our CHS colleagues.Students need to be in the CHS Auditorium by 1:30 pm. Rehearsal with Dr. Narverud will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Students will then need to be picked up at 3:30 pm from CHS..

Thursday, March 9 - Rehearsal at IAA and CONCERT Day  

BC, C, CA students will be excused from 1st - 5th hour classes as we will be rehearsing at Corson Auditorium on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. This is also our concert day. There are more details in the attached outline (read it carefully) but the evening call time for HS students is 5:30 pm, doors open at 6:30 for audience seating and the concert begins at 7:00 pm. While this is not a ticketed event, donations will be accepted at the door.

WSH CHOIRS - Narverud Concert Details 

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Peace Flows concert w/ Dr. Narverud

Presented by TCAPS Media, the Peace Flows concert was a collaboration of all TCAPS (West & Central HS and MS) choirs and composer-in-residence, Dr. Jacob Narverud.  Watch the full concert and enjoy!  Contribute to this effort by using the donation link below:

Gathering in Song: A Tribute to Tom Stokes (Recording)

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Our sponsors for 2023-2024 are...

PLEASE NOTE: We have filled our Sponsor positions for 2023-2024Music Booster Benefit Concert!  If you are interested in sponsorship in 2024-2025, we will begin accepting sponsorships in June 2024.  These sponsorships cover our costs associated with the Benefit Concert.  This means that 100% of our donations at the time of the concert go directly to scholarships and mini-grants!   

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Who are we? 

Traverse City Music Boosters, Inc. is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed more than 50 years ago to support Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) music education. Membership is open to all parents and community members. We support all music education at TCAPS, from the youngest kindergarten learners through the most advanced high school students. If you have a child in a TCAPS music program, YOU ARE A MUSIC BOOSTER!

Our Mission

Supporting all music students and teachers in Traverse City Area Public Schools today; visioning for the music education needs of tomorrow.

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