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By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
Girls who will be entering grades five through eight have another opportunity to become a member of the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir for the 2014-2015 school year. A final audition will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, in the middle school band room from 9 to 11 a.m.
A coaching class is being offered to help girls prepare for the audition. This will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. in the middle school band room. The class is not required, but it is recommended. Girls will not only learn the song for the audition, but they will also learn strategies that will help to make their auditions successful. The cost for the class is $5.
For the audition, girls will be asked to sing “America” (“My Country ’tis of Thee”) without accompaniment. They will also be asked to echo-sing simple melodic patterns and echo-clap rhythmic patterns. There is a $10 audition fee.
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir just completed its first year. They performed at many events this past year, including Expo, the veterans’ breakfast, for the Rotary Club, Community Choir Christmas Concerts and Over the Rainbow (a Pagosa Springs Girls Choir fundraising event). Finally, the girls performed their own Spring Concert, I Will Sing, to culminate their year of learning.
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir also offers a summer activity designed to enrich the arts education of each girl. This past summer, the girls spent three days in Santa Fe. While there, they toured the Santa Fe Opera and attended a performance of the opera “Carmen,” toured the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and participated in a theater workshop, which was designed especially for them at the New Mexico School for the Arts.
Rehearsals for the choir will be held on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs Middle School band room, with the first rehearsal taking place on Sept. 8.
The tuition fee for the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir is $200 per year for each girl. The $10 audition fee will be applied to the payment. A payment plan for the tuition will be offered and scholarships are also available. Director Linda Parker stated, “No child will be turned away due to an inability to pay. If there is a need for financial assistance, we will help the family find it.”
Girls in the choir learn to perform high-quality choral music in a variety of styles. Some music includes choreography and props. They spend a great deal of time on vocal and choral techniques, but the girls also concentrate on stage presence and musicianship.
If you have questions or need further information, call Parker at 264-1434. Audition information can also be found on the choir’s website, www.singpagosa.org.