• December 22, 2014

UMHB kicks off semester for children’s choirs Monday

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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 4:30 am

Children who love to sing have a don’t-miss event Monday evening at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as the Conservatory Choirs’ kick off the spring semester.

The laid-back, informal get-together is intended as an introductory, no obligation information session for children age 7-18 to try a rehearsal for free and enjoy pizza with musical friends. Updates, information and a chance to greet and meet choir directors should make the hourlong gathering rewarding, and parents are encouraged to ask questions.

Four vocal ensembles are offered: Preparatory Choir for girls and boys ages 7-10, no audition required. “We always have room for Preparatory Choir (though participants) must be able to read,” UMHB stated; Concert Girls Choir, ages 10-14; Concert Boys Choir, ages 10-14 and High School Mixed Choir.

Choir members will learn from a repertoire that includes various genres, including classical literature, folk and musical theater. Concerts are intended to develop “performance skills, staging and choreography,” and rehearsals will be held Monday evenings at UMHB’s Presser Hall.

The Conservatory program stresses the proper training of young voices, claiming “students will learn to sing with healthy vocal production using the finest literature available.” Tuition for the choirs ranges from $100 for Preparatory, $150 for Concert Girls or Boys, and $200 for High School Mixed Ensemble.

Each choir has its own director, vocal veterans with impressive, lengthy resumes that list numerous performing credits. A high point of the Conservatory’s program is the annual Spring Concert and Awards on April 28, with a carnival afterward that characterizes the emphasis on fun and gains that are a goal for the choirs.

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