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Ben Mikesell | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne Children's Choir teacher Susan LaCroix instructs her Apprentice Choir, the youngest group of kids in the Children's Choir, during a rehearsal Friday at the Foellinger Theater.

Campers learn songs from films

Hundreds of people filled Foellinger Theatre in Franke Park on Friday to watch Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Goes to the Movies, a wrap-up of everything more than 200 children learned during a weeklong choral­fest camp.

The summer camp daily activities took place at the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center.

Choralfest is designed to introduce participants to artistic genres and show how they relate to choral music.

“The children are very excited about singing and showing what they’ve learned ,” said Jonathan Busarow, executive director and artistic director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.

Morning rehearsals were spent learning the different songs and melodies for the concert while afternoons were spent exploring drama, chimes, instruments and other musical opportunities.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir partnered with IPFW to host the camp.

The concert featured songs as varied and unique as the singers. There was everything from “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” to “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story” to “Bring Him Home” from “Les Misérables.”

Performing choirs included Whitley County Community Choir, Heartland Jazz Quartet, Youth Choral, and Treble and Concert choirs.

The final selection of “We Gather Here Together” by German Madrigal was performed by the combined choirs and Fort Wayne Children’s Choir alumni.


• Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is holding an express enrollment day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Student Life Center on North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive. Students can visit the college and leave ready to start classes beginning Aug. 25, the start of fall semester. Registration for some classes include assessment tests, financial aid paperwork, meeting with an adviser, and more. Visit for full enrollment steps. Some suggested steps before attending the enrollment day include applying at and bringing tax forms to receive help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA) as well as SAT, ACT, or PSAT scores and a high school or college transcript to receive assessment waiver evaluation. For more information, call 888-IVY-LINE to speak with an enrollment specialist.

• Congressman Marlin Stutzman’s annual job fair will be at IPFW from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Walb Student Union Classic Ballroom. Representatives from 70 employers with more than 3,000 jobs to fill will be on hand to meet with job seekers at the free event. An interview training session, sponsored by WorkOne Northeast and IPFW’s Office of Career Services, takes place from noon to 3 p.m. in Walb Student Union. Attendees will learn how to highlight experience and qualifications, create a vivid impression on employers and develop contacts.


• CANI’s Jobs for Americas Graduates – JAG – program recognized achievements over the past year at a ceremony held in Indianapolis. JAG specialists who met four out of five performance measures included Steffan Rice and Kira McKinley at Snider High School and Timothy Robinson at Wayne High School.

National awards included JAG Manager of the Year for the State of Indiana to Rachel Bryant and Outstanding JAG Specialist Northeast Indiana Region to Glynn Hines, New Haven High School. A state award for 100 percent graduation were given to Snider High School in Fort Wayne. Christine Koegler, a JAG Specialist Impact at The Institute in Kendallville was recognized for maintaining the highest contact hours.


• The English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation has awarded Allen County Education Partnership a $60,000 grant to support the agency’s early literacy program, Project READS. Allen County Education Partnership, established in 1991, is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping K-3 students achieve grade-level reading goals. The agency’s vision is to have all Allen County students reading at grade level by the completion of third grade.


• Manchester University recently gave 3,000 books to children and adults in North Manchester, triple the number it gave away at last year’s FunFest by the River.

The books, provided through a literacy partnership with Better World Books, span all reading levels. The program is part of the college’s initiative to increase literacy.

National College

• National College’s Fort Wayne campus, 6131 N. Clinton St. will host a free educational forum on financial aid, veterans benefits, career pathways, and more from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, visit

Ivy Tech

• The three finalists for the 2014 New Venture are Beth Scholer, Caregivers Kitchen; Heather Overmyer, Events from Above; and Maggie Kitch, Pure Power Nutrition. The competition’s champion will receive at least $20,000 in startup capital for presenting the best business plan for her small business. The New Venture champion will be announced at the New Venture Awards dinner Sept. 18.