Jan 20 2011

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SPRING: Local young singers tuning up

Every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 the members of the East Texas Youth Chorus (ETYC) will be coming together at Kilgore College’s (KC) Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Building to rehearse their golden throats.
These home-schooled teens use their vocal talents to add an aspect of the fine arts to their home-based curricula.  It is excellent preparation for their upcoming collegiate artistic and academic experience.  There are still vacancies.
Rehearsals for the spring semester will commence January 19, although new members may sign up through month’s end.  Cost to join is $40, and juniors and seniors are allowed to enroll for dual credit for an additional enrollment fee.  Those interested in joining can schedule an audition, or simply show up at a rehearsal and audition after it is over, although hopeful members-to-be are invited to come to Monday night rehearsals until the middle of February.  The ability to read music is not required for new members, but they will be taught sight-reading during rehearsals.  The singers are bound for a busy season.
Longview’s Trinity Episcopal Church will host the Midwinter Concert Thursday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m., and the Spring Concert on Thursday, April 2

8 at 7:30.  KC Director of Choral Activities Jim Taylor directs the choir Generic cilais whithout and the related singing group East Texas Community Chorus (ETCC.)
ETCC is also open to new members high school aged and older.  It started practicing January 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 Monday nights at Longview’s First United Methodist Church (FUMC.)  Its first concert will be April 12 at FUMC, and the second May 3 at Trinity Episcopal.  This group is run though the KC Continuing Education Department.
“My vision is for the ETCC to create truly brand artistic music for the Kilgore/Longview area,” said Taylor.  “I want to provide enthusiastic singers an opportunity to sing repertoire beyond the reach of the church choir, and to be a place of inspiration where local music professionals can participate and get recharged.”
For more information contact Taylor at (903) 983-8122 or jtaylor@kilgore.edu.

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