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Pagosa Springs Girls’ Choir to hold final auditions

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The new Pagosa Springs Girls’ Choir, under the direction of Linda Parker, will hold final auditions for girls entering fifth-eighth grades in the 2013-14 school year.

Auditions will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5-7 p.m., in the Pagosa Springs Middle School band room.

Two coaching classes are being offered to help girls prepare for the audition.  These will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20, and Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in the middle school band room.  These classes are not required, but are recommended. Girls may attend either one or both of these sessions.  These classes will teach the song for audition and instruct the girls in helpful strategies to make their audition successful. The cost 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 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.

In the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, singers will learn to perform high quality choral music in a variety of styles, including pop, folk and country, and some music will include choreography and props.  The girls will also be provided opportunities to participate in trips, including to 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 Hall beginning the Monday after school starts in the 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 the 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.”

Linda R. Parker recently retired from a successful career of teaching general and choral music to all grade levels in Texas and New Mexico.  She received her education from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas gaining a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree, both with high honors.  Since that time, she has received Kodaly Certification from the University of Texas at Dallas studying with Lois Choksy and certification in movement and folk dance from the Highscope Institute in Clinton, Mich., under the direction of Phyllis Weikart.  Parker has served as elementary vice-president of the Texas Music Educators Association and elementary vice-president of the Texas Choral Directors Association.

Since moving to Pagosa Springs, she has been active in the Pagosa Springs Community Choir, serving on their board of directors, and has served as accompanist for Curtains Up Pagosa! productions of “Man of La Mancha” and “Pippin.” She is also a member of the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church choir.

To register for the coaching classes or to schedule an audition time for the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, call Linda Parker at 264-1434.

This story was posted on August 8, 2013.