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Do You Think You're In The Middle Of Nowhere?
If you think you have no opportunities because you're in the middle of nowhere, you have already lost your battle and you should stay home and stop trying. The honest truth is that in this world, talent and $3 will get you a cup of coffe at Starbucks. Talent does nothing by itself. One needs to work hard and be ready for opportunities when they come and we all know this is easier said than done. This is what Eric Seiler has been teaching the young musicians at Yreka High School for at least 6 years and this year, they sung at Carnegie Hall at the 50th Aniversry Celebation of the King Singers.
Yreka is a town with a population shy of 8,000 and the funds for education are clearly limited. However, against all odds, Eric has managed to get innumerable generous contributions to build up a music program that has clearly made a big difference in the life of those young musicians. In other words, Eric has taught those kids how to make something out of what most people would call nothing.
This is the recording that got YHS Choir a ticket to perform in Carnegie Hall
Eric Seiler, leading by example:
Mr. Eric Seiler has spent over 20 years in Military Bands between the USMC and California Army National Guard as an instrumentalist, vocalist, and director; performing in 27 countries. He earned his BA in Music Education and Clarinet performance in 2005, MA in Music with a certificate in Vocal Pedagogy in 2007 from CSU Chico, and Master of Education from National University in 2015.He has been the Performing Arts teacher and director at Yreka High School since Fall of 2012 and has been an adjunct professor at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA since 2013.
The Yreka High Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned group consisting of anywhere from 16-26 members depending on the year, and sing standard chamber choir repertoire as well as varied other styles to include modern pop Acapella arrangements and originals. The group typically performs the National Anthem at sporting and community events throughout the year as well as outreach type performances at the local elementary schools. The group was founded in 1972.