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The newly formed Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, under the direction of Linda Parker, has been rehearsing since early August and is preparing to wow audiences with their beautiful voices.
They will be heard for the first time onstage at the MAKERS Expo & Tour at the Pagosa Springs Cnter for the Arts in the Curtains Up Pagosa! time slot at 2:15 p.m., Satuday, Oct. 12. CUP is a proud sponsor of the new choir, offering financial support as this choir launches its first year.
“I am immensely proud of these girls,” said Parker. “They have made tremendous strides in their sound production and are beginning to justifiably take great pride in their work. I had no idea, initially, what I should expect to achieve this first year. These girls are already far exceeding my greatest hopes.”
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir was Linda Parker’s brainchild. As a retired public school music teacher from Texas, she wasn’t ready to hang up her baton just yet. She decided to form an auditioned group of female singers, dedicated to becoming an elite children’s choral ensemble for our community. The group of girls range from grades five through eight, representing both public and homeschooled students.
In early August, the girls met for the first time to begin learning the music they would be performing throughout the year.
“There is a certain discipline that goes along with excellence in the arts,” said Parker. “I began by helping the girls understand that our goal is to be better than average. Indeed, we are striving for excellence. This requires some very hard work on their part and they have proven to me that they are willing to step up to the task. I think our audiences will be very pleased to hear and see what these girls are doing. I have high hopes that they will only improve from here.”
The choir has a full slate of performances scheduled, including singing for the Veterans Day celebration, for the Noon Rotary Club, and as the featured guest choir at the Community Choir Christmas concerts in December.
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir has its own 501(c)3 non-profit status and its own executive board. Girls are required to pay a tuition fee to be a part of the group. Private donations go towards scholarships to assist girls who cannot afford the fees, as well as towards the purchase of music, supplies and costumes.
“It is my hope that this is an organization that will be around for a long time, providing our girls with an opportunity to excel in the art of choral singing and our community with a first-class girls choir,” said Parker.