Sisters on a path to success thanks to Creative Kids
Elizabeth and Emily Kelln gained many opportunities of growth thanks to the support they received from Creative Kids for voice and choir participation. Both sisters developed many beneficial skills that set them up for success as adults, as well as, helping them find a deep joy and appreciation of music.
When 22-year-old Elizabeth reflects on her experience, she says, “The Creative Kids support shaped the way that my whole family was able to experience music. Music is my soul. Every single part of my day, I have a rhythm, a beat in my head.”
Emily, now 24-years-old, says that through singing, she found her purpose and developed confidence. “When you are performing, whether you’re the solo performer or a member of a choir, you realize your voice is powerful and you have an opportunity to say something to your audience.”
Early on the sister’s began their musical journey by singing in church in Vibank, SK. By 2009, both sisters were in the Juventus Choir. In 2014, after their mom heard about Creative Kids through a friend and successfully applied for funding, they were able to access private voice lessons. A couple years later, Creative Kids also supported their participation in the Saskatchewan Youth Choir.
Without the Creative Kids funding, Emily says, they wouldn’t have received the quality of instruction they did or been able to afford lessons at all. “We were a single income family with four kids and we lived in a very small town. Money is always tight when you have lots of kids on one income.”
Emily is very thankful of the Creative Kids’ support for voice lessons. She says, because of it, she came to understand there is a great deal of growth through learning. “The biggest thing that I learned through my voice lessons, was learning how to accept criticism and know that it’s not a reflection of yourself.”
“The Creative Kids support shaped the way that my whole family was able to experience music. Music is my soul. Every single part of my day, I have a rhythm, a beat in my head.” – Elizabeth Kelln, former Creative Kid
Elizabeth contributes the time-management and discipline skills that she developed through practicing music to how she was able to successfully complete her schooling while working. “I’d get up at 5:00 a.m. every day, study for three hours, go to work for eight hours, then come home. I did that for three years.” Elizabeth is now a licensed optician and contact lens practitioner managing two stores and ten staff.
Having completed a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and currently continuing her education in music, Emily says, she also gained self-awareness about what her body needed. “I got a better understanding of my own body. It’s something that’s very interesting with voice because you are your instrument. You start to think about things like: What am I eating? How is this going to affect my singing? Did I get enough sleep or drink enough water today?”
They also gained access to elite performance experiences with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the University of Regina Wind Ensemble. In addition, they became a part of the choir community in the city. Elizabeth says, “It made me feel a sense of belonging because I was a part of a choir, gained a community and gained long-term friendships with people that I have known since I was eight-years-old.”
Emily is thankful to the donors that give to Creative Kids and wants them to know, “You had a huge impact on me. You should know your donation and your money is going somewhere important. It really impacted my life. Extremely. Because of you, I am where I am today. A voice student, teacher and performer.”
Their two younger sisters were also recipients of Creative Kids funding for voice and choir. Elizabeth says, “My sisters and I feel that it’s pretty amazing we all got to be in music together.” She adds, “I think Creative Kids provides amazing opportunities for kids that don’t normally get them.”
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