This week’s Friday Feature is Claire Olver. This is Claire’s fifth year involved with Milwaukee Children’s Choir, and she is currently under the direction of Mrs. Rachel Beeskma. Singing in the Lake Country Children’s Choir program, Claire is a social butterfly that is welcoming and warm to all who meet her. She is a good leader in her section, a hard worker, and always excels at whatever task is given to her. Claire’s eagerness to do her best makes her a great addition to our Lake Country Children's Choir!

Born with a congenital heart defect, Claire has already undergone three open heart surgeries. She was 5 days old during her first heart surgery, and had two more at ages 4 months and 2 and a half years old. Claire’s mother says “She has a very unique, special heart and is kind of a rockstar in the cardiothoracic surgery world (which is not that big!)”. During her first surgery, one of her vocal cords was paralyzed, leaving only one functional. She still loves to sing, and she is very proud of her medical history. Singing is an important part of her life, and we’re very happy she continues with Milwaukee Children’s Choir!​


Q. How long have you been involved with the Milwaukee Children’s Choir?
A. I started in Prelude with Ms. Sarah Zietlow when I was in 2nd grade. I’ve been in MCC ever since and now I’m in LCCC after my family moved to Lake Country last summer. That is 4 1/2 years total.

Q. What is your favorite song?
A. Hold back the River by James Bay.

Q. What is your dream job? What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. An actor, music teacher, or theater teacher.

Q. What is your favorite color?
A. I like purple.

Q. In your opinion, which are better: colored pencils, markers or crayons? Why?
A. Colored pencils because you can erase them and use them for shading.

Q. Would you rather give up apples or oranges for the rest of your life?
A. I’d rather give up apples.

Q. How do you tell someone you love them without saying, “I Love You?”
A. Singing a song to them.

Q. What is the best part about being in Lake Country Children's Choir?
A. I can meet new people and broaden my music abilities at the same time. 

Thank you to Claire and the Olver family for sharing! Stay tuned for next week’s Friday Feature!

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