Bryan to offer Community Youth Choir
July 23, 2010

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A successful first year for the Bryan College Community Children’s Choir (BCCCC) has led to plans to create a Community Youth Choir for high school students this fall.

 

Sally Powell, who will direct the Bryan College Community Youth Choir (BCCYC), said the choir will be open by audition to students in grades nine through 12. Rehearsals will be Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Bryan College, and the choir is scheduled to perform in December and in the spring of 2011. For both choirs there will be a $25 per semester fee for those selected, plus a one-time uniform fee for the youth choir.

Mrs. Powell, who is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in vocal performance and performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus, said the new group will use classical, folk, and sacred music to develop a solid choral sound.

“I am excited to build on the foundation that my colleague, Kim Keck, has laid through her work with the Children's Choir (pictured at right). Rhea County is full of talented young people. This new choir will provide a wonderful opportunity for area high school students to further develop their musical skills.”

 

Auditions for both the Community Youth Choir and the Community Children's Choir will be Aug. 16, at 4 p.m. at Bryan College. To schedule an audition or for questions, contact Mrs. Powell at 775-3725 concerning the Youth Choir. Contact Mrs. Kim Keck at kim.keck@bryan.edu or by phone at 775-7464 about the Children's Choir.   

Mrs. Keck, assistant professor of music at Bryan College, said the Community Children’s Choir, open to children in grades five through eight, performed at the Dayton Holiday Stroll, the Strawberry Festival, the Bryan Christmas and spring concerts and at the Tennessee Valley Theatre this past year. Rehearsals for the children’s choir will be Mondays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5 p.m. at Bryan and will begin Aug. 30.

“This year the Children's Choir will participate with the Hilltop Players in the musical “Scrooge” as well with the BCCYC,” Mrs. Keck said.

 

"I was very pleased with how quickly the children worked together and were committed to learning some very difficult literature. It was exciting to see them grasp the concept of musical terms as well as basic vocal skills. I am looking forward to the new season and hoping that we will continue to grow musically.

 

"I am particularly pleased that Sally Powell will be directing the new Youth Choir. This will be a stepping stone for the children of BCCCC to continue to engage in challenging repertoire as they develop both vocally and in community."