Bryan organizing Community Children's Choir
August 17, 2009

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Bryan College will extend its musical outreach this fall as the music department works to create a Bryan Community Children’s Choir.

Mrs. Kimberly KeckMrs. Kimberly Keck, assistant professor of music, said the group, for children in grades five through eight, will have the opportunity to sing in concerts throughout the area as well as at the college.

“There is nothing like this in Dayton as far as I know,” Mrs. Keck said. “Even in the schools there is more of an emphasis on instrumental music. This will be like a class where students who are selected will work on sight reading skills, vocal production, blend, balance and learning and memorizing music for concerts.”

She said she plans a repertoire of classical, spiritual, and traditional sacred music, based in part on the abilities of the children. Selected students will be expected to rehearse weekly.

“Over the past 25 years, hundreds of piano students have benefitted from the Community Music School,” Mrs. Keck said. “I believe there are many children in our community who would love to learn vocal skills and have the opportunity to perform for their families and friends.”

In addition to benefitting area children, Mrs. Keck said music students will assist her with the program, gaining administrative and management skills, and some practical experience in teaching children. “I’ll direct the choir, but occasionally our students will do some conducting as well.”

She said she would like to see the choir grow to include 40 to 60 children in the next few years.