Chieftain Singers plan trip
The Chieftain Singers are taking their talents on the road at least for a couple of days.
Joyce Steeby, vocal music instructor, said members of the Tonganoxie High School singing group on March 22 will travel by bus to Chicago, where they will participate in a music festival and take in the sights of Chicago as well.
From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. that day, the singers will perform in the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus. That afternoon they will tour downtown Chicago and that evening will attend a Medieval times dinner and tournament in Schaumburg, Ill.
The banquet is somewhat like a Renaissance festival in that the students will see jousting and people dressed in Medieval costumes, Steeby said.
The next day, students will sing before music professionals who will provide critiques and ratings of their performance. Also, the students will have the opportunity to observe other groups that are participating in the festival.
In the afternoon the students will do more sightseeing, and that evening will watch the Broadway musical, "Uncle Broadway," at the Royal George Theatre. After that, the group is planning a visit to the top of the Sears Tower to see Chicago by night.
Steeby, who is in her first year of teaching in Tonganoxie, said she realized last fall that the music students had established a fund which could be used for taking singing groups outside of the area.
Steeby said it was difficult to find a time when students' schedules would mesh with a music festival.
One possibility was the Chicago festival, scheduled during spring break.
"I asked how many would be out of town on spring break and none of the Chieftain Singers raised their hands," Steeby said.
Steeby said she had hoped to also take the high school concert choir, but not enough students would have been able to go to fill out the vocal needs.
So, in future years, Steeby said she hopes this choir will also be able to go on trips.
Along with the funds available, the Chieftain Singers are using some of their own money to fund the trip. Two parents, Glenna Law and Susan Melchior, and accompanist Carolyn Day will also travel with the group.
Steeby, who lives with her family in rural Basehor, received her early college education at Ottawa University.
While raising her family, she taught private voice and piano lessons at home, and worked as an accompanist at Basehor-Linwood High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College. In 1995, she completed a bachelor's degree in music education at the University of Kansas. Before teaching in Tonganoxie, she taught at Westridge Middle School in the Shawnee Mission school district.