Through one of my associations with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, I was introduced to a lovely lady named Fanny Villarte. And because of my involvement with the Laurelwood Neighbourhood Association, I enquired about the possibility of having Fanny’s adorable little children’s choir entertain a group of eager children and their parents at our annual Christmas Tree Lighting event. I love networking!
When I learned that this choir had already been requested for two other gigs for the same evening, I became even more eager to book them. And when Fanny showed a willingness to trek the kids to three different places, I knew that she must be some choir director.
So, in a very crowded Fire Station on Columbia Street in Waterloo, this past Saturday, Fanny made a wonderful introduction and we were blessed! For the past 11 years, Voces del Sur (Spanish for Voices from the South), has been lovingly directed by Fanny. This choir was a real hit at our event, and really made the time pass while we waited for the arrival of Santa Claus.
Just a little tidbit of information that I found interesting. Many of the parents of the choir members want their children involved with this choir because it helps them to maintain their native language. Such a great idea! And so much fun to be a part of a community that celebrates so many different cultures. I lived in Florida for 13 years and was surrounded by Spanish, but realize more and more that if you don’t use it, you lose it. I think I’ll try to stay in touch with my new friend and she can help me brush up on my skills.
En Espanol, (A VERY LOUD) muchos gracias, mis amigos!
To book Voces del Sur for one of your community events,
contact Fanny Villarte at 519-749-2165 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org