FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir is looking for younger singers. On Thursday night, the choir held an open house at a rehearsal to give prospecting singers a look at the program.
The choir is free to join, and is open to students who are going into the second grade or older.
The choir has 255 singers, who make up more than eight different ensembles.
Thursday’s practice, which was held at the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center, gave parents a chance to let their children sing in a choir rehearsal and meet current choir members.
“We ask them to come and experience a rehearsal with us and see exactly what they would get if they were to join the choir,” Denice Beights, the choir’s executive director, said.
Thursday’s rehearsal was the fifth for the choir in the past week. Over that time, more than 60 kids have shown up to learn more about possibly joining.
“Music education is so important,” Beights said. “It rounds out the whole child. We know in the 21st century, we need bilingual leaders, and music is one of those languages that help kids open up. It’s a creative element to increase their knowledge, and it improves test scores. It helps with math and reading. We know music is important and we the arts are important.”
Beights said the choir will hold more open rehearsals in May.
The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir has a mission to provide a choral program exemplifying artistic and educational excellence for children from diverse backgrounds. Led by Denice Beights, the FWCC endeavors to contribute to the community’s cultural environment by providing opportunities to experience professionally trained young voices. Under the artistic direction of Jonathan Busarow, the organization has eight ensembles and nearly 300 members annually. The ensembles collaborate with many of the finest arts programs in the region, give five season concerts annually, and strive to be a part of the community by singing at many civic events. The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir is a company-in-residence at IPFW.