Monday, July 13, 2020

Community choir in Sparta picking up tempo

People in the area interested in singing in a community choir will have that chance beginning this fall.

Kyle Sonnemann, who teaches middle school choir in Sparta, is organizing an open informational meeting in early August to talk about what members of the community would like to see in their choir, as well as establish rehearsal times. 

Sonnemann says he has been looking forward to starting a community choir since he started teaching in Sparta four years ago.

“There are a lot of adults, including myself, who want to participate in choir or some type of musical release,” he said. “But there’s nothing around this area, especially in Monroe County. Everything else is in La Crosse and they’re very selective groups.”

Sonnemann says this choir will be open to anyone in Sparta and surrounding areas, ages 12 and up.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve had ten years of singing experience, one year of experience, or you’ve never sang before in your life,” he said.

He especially wants to encourage parents and other people with busy lifestyles to join. He hopes to offer two rehearsal times per week, allowing members to choose the time that works best with their schedule.

Sonnemann says he envisions doing two concerts per year and caroling in the winter, but ultimately, the choir members will decide.

To sign up for the informational meeting, singers can follow the short link ‘’, or send their name, phone number, email address and preferred voice part to or by calling Sonnemann’s office at 608-269-1396 ext. 7106.

A soft sign-up deadline is July 28 for the early August meeting.

In the past, John Hendricks, Ellen Hemstock and Jim Liska have all directed a Sparta community choir at one time or another, but Sparta has been without one for about five years.


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