POSTED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 6:14pm
Kilgore, TX (Kilgore College) — Kilgore College will begin a new initiative in the arts this fall with the creation of a community children’s chorus, giving students an opportunity to express themselves musically in a fun, enthusiastic setting.
“Texas as a state ranks near the top of the nation when it comes to the quality of its high school choirs,” said Dr. Jim Taylor, KC’s director of choral activities. “It has come to our attention that there are few opportunities for children’s singing in our area.”
The KC Children’s Chorus is open to boys and girls in the fifth through eighth grade (boys’ voices unchanged).
Auditions for the choir will be held on Saturday afternoons in the choir room in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center by appointment only. Boys and girls trying out must be able to “carry a tune” according to Taylor, but do not need to be able to read music or have any musical experience.
Rehearsals for the chorus will be Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. each week, beginning Aug. 29, at Longview’s Trinity Episcopal Church at 906 Padon St.
Cost to participate in the chorus is $125 per semester.
“The mission of the chorus is to enable children of East Texas to fall in love with music through enthusiastic and artistically expressive performances of choral music,” Taylor said. “Teamwork, fun and a sense of pride and accomplishment will grow as we make great music together.”
A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of area businesses and individuals for families that demonstrate financial needs.
The choir will be directed by Taylor and James Vermillion, director of music ministries and assistant pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore.
For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact Taylor at (903) 983-8122 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .