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Kadyn Triebenbach, 10, of Osakis, stood with Mary Alice Stollak, founder of the Michigan State University Children's Choir and director of the Minnesota Elementary Honor Choir held last fall in the Twin Cities. (Contributed photo)
Kadyn Triebenbach, 10, of Osakis, stood with Mary Alice Stollak, founder of the Michigan State University Children's Choir and director of the Minnesota Elementary Honor Choir held last fall in the Twin Cities. (Contributed photo)

Singing frees her feelings

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She wants to be an art teacher or an interior designer when she grows up, but for now, she's fine singing in front of thousands of people.

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Kadyn Triebenbach, 10, recently took part in two children's honors choirs. Triebenbach is the daughter of Scott and Shelly Triebenbach of Osakis.

In March, Kadyn was selected to sing in the national Community Youth Honor Children's Choir hosted in Dallas, Texas.

She had just wrapped up her performance in the state children's honor choir last fall. She was one of 150 chosen from a pool of 800 auditions for the state contest.

"We thought, well, let's just send one into the national competition for experience, and she was chosen," her mom, Shelly, said.

Kadyn was one of six students from Minnesota chosen to sing in the national choir.

The honor choir performance was held in conjunction with the American Choral Directors Association's national convention in Dallas.

The Triebenbachs made a family vacation of it and they all headed to Dallas.

Kadyn explained, "When we got there, we got off the plane and went to the hotel. When we got there you got your bag and water bottle and you sign up and stuff and then find out where your spot is. And then, we had the first practice that night. Then, the day after, you pretty much just wake up, go to practice, come back for lunch and then go to another practice and then go off for supper and then go to another practice."

Kadyn sings as a soprano I and she said, during practice, they focused a lot on enunciation of the words; many of the songs were in other languages.

One of the highlights of the experience, Kadyn said, was meeting with Ken Berg, who did an arrangement of the song, This Little Light of Mine.

"We asked him, 'What inspired you?' And then we sang it for him and he would say like, 'This part needs to be a bit quieter,' and 'This part needs to be louder.' It was a cool feeling that you've learned this music and you're singing it for them and it's just awesome," Kadyn said.

The national honors choir performance drew a crowd of about 3,000 people.

"Being in choir I'm used to singing in front of crowds, but this was a way bigger crowd than I imagined. I was nervous and a little excited to meet new people," she said.

Watching her daughter perform on a national stage, Shelly said, "It was pretty overwhelming both times; at both the state and national levels."

By the way, Kadyn's younger brother Chase, 8, also had a great time on the trip. He said he particularly enjoyed visiting the zoo and, "My sister didn't get to go swimming as much as I did."

'I GET TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS'

When asked what she enjoys about singing, Kadyn said, "I really enjoy singing because I get to express my feelings. It's not like playing the piano, it's just a different way of expressing feelings and you can speak the words however you want."

Kadyn has also been a member of the Greater Minnesota Children's Choir for the last three years. Her mother, Shelly is the choir director.

Kadyn said, "Singing comes easy to me because I sing a lot and I sing at church and other community things so it comes very naturally."

Kadyn's musical talents also extend to instruments. She has played piano for six years, guitar for one year and, this summer, she wants to learn to play the oboe.

"I think it's a really unique instrument and people say it's a really hard instrument to do but I want a challenge," she said.

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Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
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