The holiday season is a busy time for everyone -- including Streetsboro singer 10-year-old Mackenna Gigax who has been belting out the "Hallelujah Chorus" as part of of the Singing Angels, the internationally renowned youth choir. Mackenna has been participating in a number of holiday shows throughout Northeast Ohio including a performance at Playhouse Square.
According to Mackenna's mother Renee, Mackenna is always singing.
When Mackenna was a preschooler, Renee noticed that she sang all the time, especially when she was happy. Renee, a music teacher for the Brunswick School District, heard about the Singing Angels group and immediately thought of her daughter. Mackenna joined the group as a "Littlest Angel" in first-grade. First- and second-graders are able experience the group and learn singing and performing skills before becoming part of the main chorus. As third-graders, they need to pass the audition to be part of the Singing Angels. Mackenna had to pass a music theory class, as well as a singing and behavior test.
Mackenna, a first soprano, loves being part of Singing Angels and enjoys the sense of camaraderie she receives from being around other people who love to sing as much as she does. She also takes a dance class at Lisa's School of Dance in Streetsboro. Even with all of this, Renee says Mackenna is doing a good job balancing her fourth-grade classes at Henry Defer Intermediate School with rehearsals.
She loves to perform -- singing, dancing, being on stage for anything! Mackenna's favorite song to sing is "Let There Be Peace on Earth," which is the Singing Angels' signature song. A highlight for her family is when Mackenna has been able to sing the national anthem with the Singing Angels at Cleveland Indians games. Every time they sing the anthem (and "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch), the Indians win!
Little sister Alison, who is currently in kindergarten, plans to follow in her big sister's footsteps. With two singing daughters, and a music teacher spouse, Mackenna's dad, Cory, who is an engineer, says that he "plays the radio."
The Singing Angels are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The professional youth singing group engages youth from all communities in quality music and performing arts education that teaches teamwork, builds confidence, and provides a foundation for life. The Singing Angels have performed in 34 countries, sung with major celebrities, accompanied symphonies, and entertained dignitaries, presidents, and popes. The group has been featured on national and international television and has performed four times at the White House.
It's exciting to hear about our Streetsboro youth participating in this acclaimed program, and I look forward to hearing more about the Gigax girls' progress in the years to come.
Looking for a fresh perspective to start out the new year? The Chapel at Tinkers Creek is inviting the community for a one-day seminar on "Wholehearted Living" Jan. 18.
"Looking honestly at the ups and downs of life, we'll examine how God is part of both joy and disappointment and explore His grace for our families, workplace, and community," said The Rev. Dave Mcclellan, pastor at the church. "If you're burned out on church or God or both, this is an on-ramp for those seeking to reconnect to God in a way that changes everyday life. There really is good news."
This seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch and childcare provided free of charge.
Registration is required at www.tinkerscreek.com. The Chapel at Tinkers Creek is located at 9709 Page Rd, across from Boulder Creek Golf Course.
May you be surrounded by joyful moments and make plenty of happy memories this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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