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Fine Arts Student of the Week: Senior helps make choir great

David Nibbe Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir. Adviser nomination: "David is the choir manager this year. He has helped organize our Madrigal Dinner and the recent tour to Los Angeles. He is positive, overal...

Brainerd High School senior David Nibbe is this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week. He was nominated for his work as the choir manager in A Cappella Choir this year.Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd High School senior David Nibbe is this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week. He was nominated for his work as the choir manager in A Cappella Choir this year. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch

David Nibbe

Grade: Senior.

Age: 17.

Art focus: Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir.

Adviser nomination: "David is the choir manager this year. He has helped organize our Madrigal Dinner and the recent tour to Los Angeles. He is positive, overall organized and dreams big. David is one to make things happen and has really helped to make A Cappella great this year."

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Memorable choir experience: "This past fall we performed at a fall music festival at Concordia College. The choral directors really helped us. What we did was more of a theatrical piece than a song with actions with it. The message was so strong that when we performed it, the choral directors didn't know how to react and didn't know how to critique it. We did some workshops and just having an opportunity to work with them was memorable."

Artist most admired: Billy Joel.

Other fine arts activities: Windfall, theater and photography.

What did you learn from being the choir manager: "I learned there is plenty to do with a choir of 80 people. There is lots of planning and thinking ahead and Mr. Stubbs (the choir director) can't do it alone. I'm always about how are we going to organize things to make sure there is no confusion, as that can happen quickly, especially on our tour to Los Angeles. I made sure our plans were eventful and easy to follow along, so no one would get lost.

"Being the choir manager I also learned it's important to form a sense of community. It's not just about singing it's about life experiences."

Biggest challenge as the manager: "Planning our spring break trip to LA, as we originally were supposed to go Puerto Rico, but they had a hurricane. So our tour went up in the air for awhile, and we had to create a new tour and we didn't have a lot of time."

What do you enjoy about singing: "Singing is a great way to express or spread messages. We've done some powerful pieces this year, talking about ethics and love and happiness. Messages from those songs are very moving when you have all these people working together to perform these pieces. ... It's also about the relationships you create and finding our potential together."

How do you make things happen: "I made it a priority to always be the first one to ask what needs to be done and to make sure all the things on the to do list is done."

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Highlight of the LA trip: "The best part was our time at Disneyland. We were able to get a behind the scenes studio recording. It's the only place in the world where you can rerecord Disney songs legally and put their animations in front of it. Our choir got to be the background singers for 'Moana' for the song 'How Far I'll Go.' It was a really cool experience. We had like three tries to learn the piece, try it and then record it. There were no rehearsals, It was a nice time crunch, it wasn't stressful.

"The thing our tour guides noticed (with Brainerd choir) was the amount of trust that Stubbs had with the choir. They never seen a choir director give students the freedom of giving us two hours to do what we wanted to and when we come back on time they were very surprised that we followed through."

Household chore you like to do Washing dishes.

Favorite TV character: Kevin Malone from "The Office."

Place you'd like to visit: "Finland. I'd like to experience the culture there, as it is like Minnesota. It just has more lakes."

Last movie you seen in the theater: "Ready Player One."

Song you've heard several times: "'Curse Upon Iron,' by Veljo Tormis. We worked on this piece for two years as it was a tour piece. We were all ready to be done with it by the end."

Favorite movie: "Swiss Army Man."

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Favorite book: "The Bassoon King" by Rainn Wilson.

Favorite band: Chicago.

Favorite food: "My mother's cooking."

After high school plans: "I plan to finish my (associates of arts) degree at (Central Lakes College) and then transfer to Moorhead State University to get a business degree in marketing and minor in photography."

Sports/clubs: Photography Club, Art Club and is a PSEO (postsecondary enrollment options) student.

Parents: Bob and Caroline Nibbe of Brainerd.

Related Topics: BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL
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