At its heart, of course, the production will highlight the hard work by the chorus's eight smaller choirs, including groups from Mason, Putnam and Boone counties.
"Each little choir will sing a tune by themselves and then there are several mass numbers," Midkiff said.
As she and her board plan the future of the chorus, Midkiff said she's proud the group has attracted a major corporate sponsor, Brickstreet Insurance. She believes more strongly than ever that the children who participate in the chorus come away as young adults armed with many life skills.
Recently, a marketing committee member, Kathy Bush, suggested the experience is transformational for the children. Midkiff likes that so much, she would like to incorporate the word into the mission statement.
"One of the really interesting things I'm hearing now from the children these days is that they're beginning to get the idea of hard work. I've heard that more than once."
At a recent fundraiser luncheon, choristers gave little speeches about their experience and the theme of hard work paying off was apparent.
"And I thought, 'Wow,' " Midkiff said. "The other think I tout — and my children have said this many times is 'I feel safe here.' No one's going to make fun of them and everyone is accepted for who they are regardless of where they come from. It's even across the board.
Midkiff said perhaps at one time her goal was the product, the concert at the end of all that practice.
"Now I feel our goal is the process, not only music education, but teaching those life skills such as discipline and responsibility."
One sure sign of this: On Sunday, you won't see singers working with sheet music. They have memorized their parts.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.