Children’s Chorus Rehearsals Begin September 8

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

For young singers across the Coastal Bend, it’s time to think about auditioning for the Del Mar Children’s Chorus. Auditions for the ensemble’s ninth season are underway!

Under the sponsorship of Del Mar College’s Music Department and the Del Mar Master Chorus, the Children’s Chorus is organized for youth interested in developing singing skills, creating musical artistry and building great friendships through choral music.

Among benefits experienced by performing choral music are performances teach students to conquer fear and take positive risks; studies show that students who participate in choir are more successful on standardized tests; music study teaches students the value of sustained effort to achieve a goal; choral music enhances qualities of teamwork, leadership and discipline; and choir provides a means of self-expression and enhances self-esteem. 

All boys and girls ages 7 to 14 are invited to join the Del Mar Children’s Chorus for the 2014-2015 season, which runs September through May. Youth must be age 7 by Sept. 1, 2014, to participate.

The season begins Monday, Sept. 8, with the first rehearsal in the Choir Room located in the Fine Arts Center Music Building on the College’s East Campus, Ayers at Kosar. The chorus meets 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Mondays with fun and exciting rehearsals, concerts and other programs planned throughout the season. The ensemble will perform at Del Mar College and other venues in the Corpus Christi area through May 4, 2015.

Advance registration is required of all singers (new and returning). Membership fee for the 2014-2015 season is $150 with financial aid available. Completed registration forms and a $25 deposit must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 5. 

Returning members may call or email Ouida Bliss Richardson to obtain forms. Singers new to the Children’s Chorus must complete a placement audition before registering. 

The placement audition is noncompetitive and informal, taking no more than 10 minutes and requiring no advance preparation. Age, experience and skill will determine placement among the Children’s Chorus ensembles. Auditions and registration will be held in the Music Building. 

To schedule an audition appointment or for more information about the Del Mar Children’s Chorus, contact Ouida Bliss Richardson, Artistic Director, at 361-563-8148 or orichardson@delmar.edu or Dennis S. Richard, DMC Choral Activities Director, at 361-698-1352 or drichardson@delmar.edu.

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