The Geary County Children’s Choir has been busy this year. The students performed at the Christkindl Market on Ft. Riley, KS, Milford’s tree lightening ceremony, and at the United Methodist Church in Chapman. This past weekend they had the opportunity to sing at the Opera House for the art walk and then headed to Ft. Riley to sing at a battalion Christmas Party. A small group will be performing at the PX on Ft. Riley, KS Dec. 19th from 1130am to 100pm. We are fundraising now for a day trip next year. Any way that you can help support the choir, whether through donations or coming to a performance is greatly appreciated by all the students, parents, and directors!
Biscuit/Gravy fundraiser on January 17th, 2015 from 7am to 1030 am at the Eagles Hall, located at 203 East 10th St in Junction City, KS. Advance tickets are $5 and $6 at the door.
We had a wonderful day on our trip to perform for the Kansas Music Educators at the KMEA workshop in Wichita, KS .
The students performed excellent and on their way home a stop at Braum's for a single scoop for each choir student in Newton, Kansas .
We thank each and every one who are helping make the dreams of performing in Colorado Springs, Co, a true possibility for each of our members.
With your donations and those of Hutton Construction, The Fraternal Order of The Eagles Aerie 830 and other local businesses, we were able to make our 1st installment payment and are still fundraising daily.
Thank you for your continuing support, and we will keep you posted to our progress.
I have uploaded another wonderful video of the choir this is of warms ups for the KMEA Performance. ENJOY
Geary County Children's Choir scrambling to recuperate lost funds
By Chase Jordan Reporter for The Daily Union, Junction City, Kansas
For an entire year, members of the Geary County Children's Choir raised money with hopes of traveling to Colorado Springs. But their summertime journey to the Centennial State maybe in jeopardy. According to Geary County Children's Choir Greg Gooden, Glen Irwin, the former business manager for the organization, allegedly embezzled $10,000. After a recent investigation by the Junction City Police Department, Irwin was charged with felony theft. A criminal complaint was filed Thursday with the Geary County District Court. The complaint alleges Irwin, between Jan. 2013 and December 2013,was involved in the theft of undeposited money from the owner, the Geary County Children'sChoir. "It's a shock to the kids because they spent a lot of hours fundraising," Director Greg Gooden said. "It's sad someone would take money from children.That's really what he
did." A couple of those of those activities included selling candy bars and performing throughout
town. The money would also pay for necessities such as transportation,snacks and meals.
Irwin was a member of the fundraising committee for three years. Gooden said he was a
trustworthy individual who served as business manager for only one year."Obviously, that's where the problem occurred," Gooden said about his prior access to the funds. The total cost of the trip
is $35,000. They were unable to make the first January payment of more than $8,000 due to the theft. "Prior to Christmas vacation, we noticed there was money missing and I questionedhim through emails and texts," Gooden said. "He finally agreed to meet with us and he lied to us." Those lies involved Irwin needing the money for liver cancer, according to Gooden. Choir leaders asked for proof of his medical condition,but no official documents were provided. "We found out he wasn't sick," Gooden said. "We decided it was time to go forth and turn him in." Gooden was told the money would be replaced by Jan. 13, with more to add on top of it. But that never happened. "We may get some of that
back with restitution, but that may be a long process," he said. Now, the choir is scrambling
trying to replace those funds for the performance tour. Some of the scheduled stops include
Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds. "We're not cancelling the trip right now,"
he said. "We're hoping that we can do this. But $8,000 is a bighole right now." Every two years,
the choir plans a major tour after the school year ends. In June 2012, the ensemble travelled to
Branson, Mo. Along with performances, those trips also provide educational opportunities.
"We call ourselves the musical ambassadors of Junction City," Gooden said. "When we go to different places like Colorado Springs, we're representing the community." The choir consists of 60 members and performs regularly in various sites in the community. Despite the financial setback and shock, the children are still rehearsing. The children are scheduled to perform at a gathering for Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) in February. "I'm not sure that they really understand everything that's going on," Gooden said. "They're hanging in there and I told them we're going to stay positive and work through this." Outside of fundraising, each child already paid $250 for the trip. GCCC was granted an extension with a double payment due in May. The next payment to the tour company is due in February. Gooden thanks the community for their financial support, but said the need is greater now. "We're hoping that the community will help us out," Gooden said. If the Colorado trip is not
possible, Gooden said the choir is still going to make a smaller travel plan. "We're going to go on and
make the best we can out of this situation," Gooden said. "I've got a good group of kids that's going to give an awesome performance at KMEA and hopefully in Colorado," Gooden said.
Tidbit of info: Musical training is unique in that it involves the use of multiple sections of the child's brain. And according to Baker (2010), scientists at northwestern university have reviewed research that indicates musical training adds new neural connections in the brain
One of the goals of the GCCC is to enhance the lives of young singers through positive experiences with quality literature, singing technique, and exciting performances.
We are committed to the pursuit of excellent within a caring and inspirational environment, and are dedicated to the achievement of the highest level of artistry with our groups.
We look forward every year to creating a worthwhile and joyous experience for all singers
The GCCC regularly performs at Community, City and school events. Most of our performances are local in the Manhattan, Junction city, and Ft Riley Area. Our performances usually begin in November.
Our 1st performance traditionally is at the Christkindl market on the Ft. Riley military base. we also perform for the Tree lighting in Milford, Ks, The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration held by city of Junction City, the C.L. Hover Opera house, Relay for life and always perform a school tour. we are also available to perform for local churches, ladies groups, senior life centers, retired teachers associations, or any other organization or club.
A little bit about us:
The Geary County Children's Choir provides talented singers of unchanged voices in grades 4 through 8 a chance to participate in a choral organization of the highest quality. The choir members are from the Geary County USD 475 schools, including local Christian schools and homeschooled students.
The choir rehearses on Monday nights at the JC Nazarene church.
New members to the choir are selected through an audition process each fall to join the returning choir members.
Where you can see the choir, and what types of functions we could perform .
Meet our staff
Assistant director -- Christine Day
Ms. Day is in her 39th year of teaching in the Junction City. Her interests outside the classroom include conducting the Messiah Flint hills Choir & Orchestra. She is the Director of the handbell and chancel choirs at the United Methodist church in Wamego, Ks. Ms Day has also received the "Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher" award twice from the North Central District of the Kansas Music Educators Association. She has also received the "shining star" award from the Geary county school district.
Meet our staff
Our director--- Mr. Gregory Gooden currently teaches K thru 5 music on Ft Riley. He is the founding director of the GCCC. He received both his bachelors and master degree in music education from Kansas State university. He completed his Orff-Schulwerk certification training for levels 1-3 and Master Class from the University of Memphis. He has received the North Central KMEA outstanding Elementary music teacher award in 2006 and again in 2012. Mr. Gooden is also the Course Director and Recorder instructor at the Baker Universiity Orff-Schulwerk Certification Course each summer. ...........
Please help us as we raise money for our performance group of children in grades 4 thru 8. We plan a day trip in the local area on the odd years while fundraising for a 3 or 4 day out of area trip during the summer break in 2012 we performed in Branson Missouri, And in 2014 we performed in Colorado Springs Colorado. We are looking to perform again in Branson Missouri durning the summer of 2016
Please consider partnering with us -- every $1 helps us reach our goal.
Thank you for supporting Music Education and our students!
The Geary County Children's Choir has 501(c)3 status so your donation is tax deductible.
Hoping more people help these children do something positive that can possibly change one or more of their lives. Please contribute $1 or $5 or whatever you can. Every little bit helps. Love you Destiny!
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