CHIPPEWA FALLS — Celebrating its 45th season, the Chippewa Valley Community Chorus is set to present their annual concert this weekend. The concert, titled “Raise Your Voice - A Celebration of the Musical Theatre Chorus,” is slated for 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Heyde Center for the Arts.
The concert will feature songs from many of your favorite shows, including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Les Miserables, and more. The concert will feature vocal and instrumental soloists from throughout the Chippewa Valley.
2023 marks the 45th anniversary of CVCC of singing together and being the Chippewa Valley’s community choir. Members of the chorus come from all over the Chippewa Valley to participate and span all levels of singing experience.
Friendships and traditions have been built in the choir that have lasted for many years. Friends come to sing with friends. Husbands come to sing with their wives. Mothers come to sing
with their sons. Daughters come to sing with their fathers.
“People come to CVCC to be part of something bigger than themselves. It is this sense of community that comes first and foremost for CVCC and what we are celebrating with our first in person concert since the start of the pandemic in 2020,” states a news release announcing the concert.
Not only is it the choir’s first in-person concert in a while, it is also the inaugural performance for new Artistic Director/Principal Conductor, Nate Plummer.
Plummer is an internationally known voice teacher and theatrical director. His coaching clients appear on regional and national tours and Broadway stages, as well as in TV, film and national commercials.
He is well educated in his field with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts/Theatre for Youth from UW-Eau Claire and a master’s certification in Vocal Pedagogy from New York Vocal Coaching.
Plummer is a frequent guest on numerous podcasts, serves as a clinician and adjudicator for several organizations around the country and continues to actively direct theatrical productions around the Midwest.
In 2015, he founded Stage Door Unlocked. Since its opening, the studio has worked with clients in over 35 states, every U.S. time zone and 12 countries. His E-Books and Musical Theatre Repertoire Guides have sold hundreds of copies all over the world. Stage Door Unlocked’s unique workshops have served over 5000 participants all over the nation. More information can be found at: stagedoorunlocked.com.
Plummer’s performance credits include: Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” George Gibbs in “Our Town,” Green Dog in “”Go, Dog. GO!,” Rumpelstiltskin in “Rumpelstiltskin (The Musical),” The Prince / Others in “The Little Mermaid (The Musical),” The Cat in the Hat in “Seussical” and Snail in “A Year with Frog and Toad.”
Making the concerts fun and entertaining is his goal.
“ I want to make our concerts as much fun to listen to as they are to perform. People should be sitting in the audience thinking ‘They are having so much fun. I want to do that too,’” Plummer said in a news release.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for those under age 18. They are available for purchase through the Heyde Center at cvca.net.