Common Ground Choir invited to Folklife Festival

May 20, 2014

By Staff

The Common Ground Choir, Issaquah’s own contemporary “Glee”-style gospel choir, led by Dan Hegelund, has been invited to perform at this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival.

Hegelund moved to Issaquah from Sweden last year, and his wife and two kids finally joined him April 18 after some Green Card delays.

Hegelund opened Common Ground Choir Academy on Gilman Boulevard in September, and now six months later the music school has private students, three contemporary children choirs and a contemporary adult choir.

Hegelund has been invited to participate at the Northwest Folklife Festival with his choirs May 26 at the Seattle Center. The children’s choir will perform, at 2:15 p.m., songs like “Let It Go” (“Frozen”) and “Just Stand Up” (Mariah, Beyonce, Rihanna), while the adult choir will perform, at 11:45 a.m., songs like “Somebody To Love” (Queen) and “I See Fire” (Ed Sheeran).

Hegelund is also offering three free choir workshops in Issaquah. Children’s workshops, for ages 6-14, are from 5-6 p.m. and adult workshops, ages 15 and older, are from 6-8:30 p.m. June 3, July 1 and Aug. 5.

Learn more about the festival here.

Learn more about the Common Ground Choir Academy, or sign up for the free workshops here or call 270-8669.

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