Video shares story of ¡Cantaré!
Last spring VocalEssence partnered with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) of Minnesota to create a video about the ¡Cantaré! program. Deacon Warner, Youth Program Coordinator at IFP, worked with Samaria Burch, a student at Jennings Community Learning Center; they filmed the residencies of Mexican composers Pamela Mayorga and José Galván and a dress rehearsal in May, then edited the film to two versions, one about five minutes long, included above, and a shorter one-minute video. The video project was funded by Best Buy.
“My favorite moment would probably be filming the kids singing at the rehearsal at the Ordway. It was very fun to film them,” said Samaria. Through interviewing the students, teachers, and composers involved with the program as well as VocalEssence staff and community members, Samaria learned about the 2013-2014 experience as well as the impact the program has had on Minnesota since ¡Cantaré! started in Fall 2007.
“Working with VocalEssence is always a great learning experience for me,” Deacon said. “The opportunity to observe their teaching artists in action has given me many insights into how to improve my own work with youth. … I know Samaria also found the program inspiring. … She regularly came in early to edit and brought her own vision for how she wanted to tell the story. I feel the strength of the program we were documenting had a lot to do with her excitement about the film.”