The mission of the Soar!Youth & Adult Choir (SOAR!) is to offer a unique opportunity for at-risk youth (especially those in the foster care and adoptive systems) to become involved in a safe community of mentoring adult performers, focusing on appreciation of the arts with an emphasis on developing skills necessary for success in life and culminating in the opportunity for public performance.
“Old MacDonald had a Farm…” rang out as we drove to summer fun at the Lavender & Teal Farm in Elizabeth. Here we met Hannah and gave her lots of loving! We had fun with goats, chickens, llama, pig, cats, & birds. The dogs didn’t get to play because of a skunk encounter the night before!Soaring with artistic expression at the Art Attack at Firehouse Art Center in Longmont. We had a great time learning about the artists and creating clay statues and being silly!
Stacie Hanson is a social worker and a mom with over 10 years of experience in the child welfare and youth development fields. Most recently, she was a Research Associate with the Butler Institute for Families at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, managing tribal child welfare evaluation projects. Stacie has also worked for American Humane Association, focusing on safety and risk assessments, differential response, and youth permanency. She served as the project evaluator for the Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Safety and Risk Assessments, providing direct technical assistance and coaching to child welfare agencies to resolve problems related to data collection, evaluation and systems improvement. Topical areas of expertise include child welfare, poverty and asset accumulation, youth mentoring, and prevention. Stacie also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Denver CASA and sings with the Denver-based choir Kantorei.
We are very excited to expand our program to be able to reach younger children, particularly those who are in foster care, adopted, or in kinship care.
Having developed our program to meet the needs of older youth, the SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir is now able to expand our programming to meet the needs of the younger child. The developmental needs of the young child are markedly different, and our goal is to meet each child where he/she is. We will accomplish this through a group process, with music and movement being the primary mode of socialization and education.
The Eaglets will be team taught by Joyce Sprengelmeyer and Tina Peterson. Joyce is a retired public school music teacher for grades K- 8. Her favorite part of teaching was working with children’s choirs. Tina has also taught music in the public schools and performed in musicals and opera. Lessons will be based on the methods of Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze Eurthymics. We feel so fortunate to be able to offer such talented leadership to our young children.
Our Spring Season will begin on Tuesday, February 3 and runs through May 3.
Choir is on Tuesday nights from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. at Unity Church, 3021 S. University Blvd. in Denver. We will be serving dinner at 6:15. One of our founding principles is to serve nutritional healthy foods and educate youth about healthy food choices. The Eaglets Choir will meet in a room that is child friendly, and we invite you to spend the first evening with us and assist your child in becoming comfortable with this new experience. We will be meeting with the parents as a group to discuss programming, expectations, and answer any questions you may have. Currently this program is being offered free of charge and expenses are covered by tax-deductible donations.
Please contact Linda Trantow, 303-946-6733, to enroll your child (ren).
“When we asked all of you to be a part of our entertainment at Light the Lights, we hoped it would be a magical evening with stellar performances. All of you were spectacular and gave our audience a great night to remember. It was the biggest crowd I have seen yet! Thank you for your time and your talent and enjoy the holidays! “
Belen De Leon
On November 18th, a Channel 9 news crew spent the evening with our choir, filming and interviewing our children and adults.This will be part of a human interest story set to air later this week.What a wonderful experience for our youth! Thanks Daniel, Megan, and Channel 9 News KUSA, for sharing our mission with your audience.