Contact: Frank Jones (570) 906-1830
Choral Society of NEPA’s Children and Youth Choirs Accepting New Singers
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE, PA: The Children and Youth Choirs of the Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania are seeking new singers for their 2018-2019 season. Four age-based choirs are provided for singers Kindergarten through 12th Grade, with all exploring a wide range of musical styles, periods, and languages and presenting four concerts each year. The program’s staff of professionally-trained teachers and conductors employs a Kodaly-based pedagogical method to offer all singers weekly instruction in music reading, as well as a sound technical foundation for singing. Membership is open by registration to all interested singers with modest tuition and fund-raising.
Weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Scranton, and commence this year on September 11th. Interested singers or their parents are urged to visit the Society’s Facebook page (Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania) to submit an interest form or contact the Society’s Director of Children’s/Youth Program, Frank Jones, at 570-906-1830 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration night will also be held on September 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton. Additional information, including the Program’s Handbook, is also available at www.choralsociety.net.
The upcoming season’s concert dates include: October 20th at The First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, November 25th at Covenant Presbyterian Church of Scranton, March 17th at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at Scranton, and May 4th at The First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit.
Guided by the mottos, “Artistry through Opportunity” and “Excellence through Education,” the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania formed in 1999 through the merger of the former Singers’ Guild of Scranton, Wyoming Valley Oratorio Society, and Wyoming Valley Children’s Chorus. In 2001 the Society also formally recognized the many contributions being made by members of the former Hazleton Oratorio Society. Collectively, the Society’s choirs bring to the region 9-12 quality choral concerts each year, as well as radio broadcasts, recordings, and performance tours. Children’s, Youth, and Adult ensembles also collaborate with other regional arts entities, including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Arcadia Chorale.
These programs are supported by state arts funding through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program is managed regionally by the Pocono Arts Council. The programs are also generously supported by a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant, a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni, and Laureen A. Cummings.
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