By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
The children’s choruses of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will perform their fall concert Dec. 12 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
The choruses, Inclined to Sing and The Apprentice Choir, feature 35 young singers in kindergarten through ninth grade.
“Each season I am amazed by the talents of the young children of our area,” said Kim Rauch, who founded the choruses and continues to serve as their artistic director. “Many young singers have been recommended to Inclined to Sing by their school music teachers. The program is indeed for children who love to sing, and they come with that love of singing, and we cultivate their voices and music skills. It is a blessing to work with such talented young people.
“Inclined to Sing was founded on the belief that all children can sing and deserve an opportunity to sing and perform quality choral music. As a child remains with the program, they grow in confidence, tone quality and vocal strength. Some singers in Inclined have been with me for eight years. I am honored by the dedication demonstrated by the families and the trust shown in the program.”
This year’s program, titled “A Season of Song,” will celebrate the four seasons.
“This season has brought us a number of new singers, and I wanted the first rehearsal in September to be about singing, not preparing music for a concert in December,” Rauch said. “I selected songs for each choir that had music and singing skills built into the songs. The seasons theme was natural as we worked from the summer, through the fall, and now into December. Our songs include summer songs (‘The Cuckoo’ and ‘Ah Poor Bird’); songs for autumn (‘Grasshoppers Three’ and ‘Thanksgiving’); and holiday selections (‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘Jingle Bell Boogie’). Other pieces for any season fill out the program.”
Rauch said that performing on this stage will be a delight for chorus members.
“For many of these young singers, this concert will be their first time on any stage. The (arts center) will definitely make an impression on them,” he said.
“In the past, the ensemble has adapted to a variety of different performing ‘stages,’ including church sanctuaries, the Flight 93 Memorial outdoor stage and The Grand Halle on Broad Street. I have found the children to be dedicated to their performance and very professional, even at this young age.”
Rauch invited community members to attend the fall concert.
“Watching and hearing the future in these young musicians will bring joy to your day and a smile to your face,” he said. “The youngsters also love to be in front of an audience, and your support is important to their sense of accomplishment.”
Tickets for this show will be available at the door. For more information call 814-535-6738.
Open enrollment for Inclined to Sing begins in January. Rehearsals take place Tuesday afternoons starting at 4:30 p.m. for The Apprentice Choir, and 5:30 p.m. for Inclined to Sing. The choruses rehearse in the choir room of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church along Scalp Avenue in Richland Township.
Interested families can contact the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra at 814-535-6738 or visit email@example.com for more information and registration. Tuition scholarships are available and have been provided by Johnstown Symphony Chorus members.