Central Iowa singers in grades 4-8 with unchanged voices are invited to participate in the Meet the Composer Festival on Saturday, April 8, in Des Moines.


Ken Berg, music director and resident composer for the Birmingham (Ala.) Boys Choir, will be the visiting composer. Berg has been teaching music for 40 years and has published hundreds of songs that are favorites of students and educators alike.


The festival will take place at First Christian Church in Des Moines. Individual singers will begin at 1 p.m., rehearsing with Berg, members of the Heartland Youth Choir, and other guest choirs. All the singers will perform together at a public concert at 4:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 2500 University Avenue.


Singers interested in participating needed to register by March 1. The cost for registration was $20. . In advance of the event, singers will receive the music and a rehearsal recording of two works by the conductor so they can prepare on their own.


Berg specializes in the development of young voices. He has served as an officer with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and has also served on the Training Courses Committee of the Royal School of Church Music in American. Additionally, he is an adjunct instructor at his alma mater, Samford University. This will be the 10th Meet the Composer Festival organized by Barbara Sletto, artistic director for the Heartland Youth Choir in Des Moines.


HYC provides a performance-based program for youth, emphasizing musical literacy, character development, and community engagement. Serving students in grades K-12, Heartland Youth Choir gives children of diverse backgrounds with a particular aptitude in vocal music a chance to explore that interest beyond their school setting. For more information about Heartland Youth Choir, please visit joinhyc.org or call 515-221-3922. Email: office@joinhyc.org.