The Danville Children’s Choirs are gaining regional recognition and praise! The Concert Choir recently performed in Louisville for the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the only children's choir in the state to be selected for this conference. Both choirs invite any interested singer to join. The Preparatory Choir welcomes children in grades 1-6 and is under the direction of Amy Harrod, an experienced elementary music teacher. The Concert Choir, under the direction of Ron Wilbur, a dynamic singer and conductor, welcomes children in grades 6 through high school (girls and boys with unchanged voices).
In recent years the Concert Choir did a workshop and performance with the renowned Indianapolis Children's Choir and in spring of 2012 the DCC gave award winning concerts at Kings Island and the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. In May 2014 the Concert Choir joined with the Centre College Choir for a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" in addition to winning in competition at Kings Island for the second time. In November, 2016, the choir will join the Lexington Philharmonic Choir for a performance at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington!
DCC will hold its second SUMMER CHOIR CAMP on Monday through Wednesday, August 1-3 from 9:00 to noon at the Community Arts Center (corner of 4th and Main Streets in Danville). The cost is $75 for new singers and $60 for returning singers. Cost for additional singers is less, and partial scholarships are available. Register for camp at: www.communityartscenter.net.
Rehearsals for fall 2016 will be on Monday evenings, from 7:00-8:15, and will be held at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Danville. We want to welcome back returning singers and welcome lots of NEW singers! Auditions for new singers for the Preparatory Choir (grades 1-6) and new singers for the Concert Choir (grades 7-12) will be on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:00 at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church or on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:00 at Rosenwald Dunbar Elementary School in Nicholasville. Check at the "Join the Choir" link soon for more details. The first regular rehearsal will be on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7:00 at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. New singers may also attend this first rehearsal and audition afterwards.
The original choir, under founder and conductor Bruce Richardson, enriched the arts for all ages in Danville and surrounding counties for fifteen years between 1990-2005. The group performed songs from all periods and many different countries and traveled to Chicago, New York City, and Disney World for choir festivals. The "new" DCC, begun in 2011, has already established itself as an active, fun, educational, and exciting group. This year will be the best yet!
Most children sing naturally and exuberantly, and singing provides an outlet for expressing a range of emotions. It’s fun and positive alone but in a group it is an especially wonderful and proven way for children to develop skills in building focus, discipline, setting goals, and teamwork. It also helps with reading and mathematical skills.