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Final auditions for the new Pagosa Springs Girls Choir will be held today, Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5-7 p.m., in the Pagosa Springs Middle School band room.
Girls who will be in fifth through eighth grades this year are invited to try out to be members of this select music ensemble under the direction of Linda Parker, accompanied by Sally Neel.
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 melodic patterns and echo clap rhythmic patterns.
There is a $10 audition fee that will be refunded if the child is not selected for the choir.
The new choir offers young girls the opportunity to learn high-quality choral music and perform here and in surrounding areas. The music will include a variety of styles such as pop, folk and country, and some music will include choreography and props. The girls will also be provided opportunities to participate in trips to regional performing venues, including the Santa Fe Opera and Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.
Rehearsals will be held on Monday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs Middle School music room, beginning the first Monday after school begins this fall. The tuition fee for PSGC will be $200 per year for each girl. The $10 audition fee will be applied to the payment. A payment plan for tuition will be offered and scholarships will also be available. Fund-raising opportunities will also be offered to help cover costs.
“No child will be turned away due to an inability to pay,” said Parker. “If there is a need for financial assistance, we will help the family find it.”
The choir has received a 501(c)(3) status from the IRS and all donations are tax deductible.
“We hope that many generous donors will recognize the amazing opportunity this choir will open up for young girls in our community, to develop their talents and to be a part of something unique, fun, educational, and rewarding,” said Parker. “So often, if girls are not involved in sports or are unable to adjust their schedules to sing in choir at school, they miss out on a chance to work among girls their own age to accomplish something extraordinary. Our first audition at the end of the school year brought us girls with truly lovely voices. I can hardly wait to get started!”
For more information about Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, go to www.singpagosa.org.