"The Crossroads Children’s Chorus Festival is a creative stroke of genius! The mix of world class vocal artists, and an exceptional choral composer / conductor, combined with students eager and willing to learn gives everyone an experience that is impossible to ever forget. This is music education at its highest level!" Sylvia Pittman, Voice Dept. Chair at the Flint School of Performing Arts
Crossroads is about so much more than a trip to Music City.
“Words cannot express my gratitude for this fabulous festival. You have been extremely gracious and I truly feel inspired by your vision, leadership, and musical artistry. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to share in the glorious festival and walk away feeling that our children experienced something extremely magical. Please tell WTYC they were the most delightful hosts!” Sue Falbo and Palatine Children’s Chorus
"My son worked diligently to prepare for this amazing event. When the opportunity first presented itself he had no reference to place its significance. It was only as the concert approached did he recognize its magnitude. As a result of this experience my son is further inspired to reach for life's offerings. We, his parents, will continue to support his aspirations in all endeavors of his life. I wish I had the literary skills to express my thoughts about this experience but what I do know is that during every concert for the past 12 seasons I become emotional and shed a tear of pride and joy when I see and hear him sing."Anonymous Parent
"We thank you kindly for all the work that went into the Crossroads Children's Choir Festival! There was much anticipation in NJ as the CCCC spent the year preparing. The final Nashville experience that the singers had waited for was worth the work and wait. ..The singers didn't stop singing when practices were over...(and they're still singing!) The experience for these students was one they will remember for a lifetime. What an awesome way for the singers to see the tremendous amount of work that goes into a professional production! They were blessed to learn new skills from the energetic Stephen Hatfield and to work with such kid-loving artists. The singers in my room reminisced well into the night about the encouraging words spoken to them by Ronnie Milsap, they were truly in awe over Kallen Esperian's voice and every one of our singers found Lawrence Hamilton's heart to be huge and his excitement to be contagious! The talent of Russell Davis and the orchestra made the experience truly come alive. We sure hope the CCCC gets to visit again...we've got lots of little ones who's ears have been perked from the past year's buzz about Nashville !" Kelly Lloyd-parent and chaperone
PS: "About those songs...Cullen and his older brother are singing an opera version of "What a Difference You Made in My Life" as they do the dishes with the girls. too funny! "
Dear Martha, I thought I would let things get back to normal before I wrote to you. I have no words to tell you what the Crossroads Children's Festival meant to me. I am honored to have had the opportunity to meet with so much talent. To be in the company of people who appreciate a children's choir the way that I do was an experience I shall want again and again. My son is fortunate to have worked with the great conductor Stephen Hatfield and so many talented singers from all over. You will have my assistance with anything you need for the next Crossroads Children's Festival. You and your daughter are very pleasant people...Thank you so very much.
Floored and hungry for more,
The Meaning of Crossroads
"When the glory days of summer had finally arrived near the end of May, I was not looking forward to venturing late out with friends at the movies nor was I looking forward to gallivanting in Europe or tanning at a sprawling beachside somewhere in the Caribbean. Instead, I was looking forward to choir practice. But not just any school show choir or ordinary glee club. This summer would be the second in which I would be a participant of the Crossroads Children’s Chorus Festival, a choir festival consisting of several choral students around the world to perform several scores with renowned composer and conductor, Stephen Hatfield and three outstanding vocalists each representing a different genre: Lawrence Hamilton, the lead star of Ragtime, Kallen Esperian, an eminent, local figure of the opera world, and Ronnie Milsap, a true legendary in country music. On Saturday, July 11, choirs from Canada, New Jersey, Alaska, Nashville, and Memphis gathered together to stay at the luxurious Gaylord Opryland Hotel to practice and perfect 22 pieces of music through the course of a week with Hatfield in order to perform what was expected to be an “unforgettable” show on the illustrious Grand Ole Opry Stage. Through just one week, we practiced 6 hours a day blending together harmoniously and tirelessly. What resulted? Only the sound of 100 angels singing from the golden rings of heaven. Together, several talented students from around the world connect through one of the most riveting experiences on Earth: music. Together, we make an art that is heavenly yet untouchable similar to a sculpture in that each of us, the choir directors, the conductor, the orchestra, the vocalists, and the students make up the hands of the sculptor while the actual sculpture is the music. Through our music, just like any painting or sculpture, we leave behind something special and but yet untouchable. By adding the voices of Hamilton, Esperian, and Milsap, one not only gets a sense of the choral world but also a sense of the several genres that make up all music today. By combining the unique styles together, we truly defined a concert so unique in that we were not known as 100 different singers but rather, we were one voice: perfectly blended and balanced like a timeless work of art. Together, we defined the meaning of Crossroads." Issa Basco-Student of Host Choir-West TN Youth Chorus