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 (PSGC) for the 2017-2018 school year. A final audition will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, in the Pagosa Springs Middle School band room at 7 p.m.
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.
In addition to performing throughout the year, girls in the choir also have the opportunity to study voice privately during the regular rehearsal time. The PSGC has two staff members who serve as vocal coaches, working individually with girls who so choose. This service comes at no charge to the girls.
“We’re very excited to bring this extra learning to our girls. Many of our girls want to study voice privately but can’t either because of time or financial constraints,” said Linda Parker, director of the PSGC.
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir has just completed a very successful year, having performed at many events. Community concerts are favorite performance opportunities for the girls, because it gives the girls the chance to meet arts supporters in Pagosa and people who enjoy music. This past year, their performances included singing at the Veterans Breakfast, for the Sullivan Foundation fundraiser and Over the Rainbow (a Pagosa Springs Girls Choir fundraising event). Finally, the girls performed their own concert at Christmas, Sing with the Angels, and a spring concert, It’s a Grand Night for Singing, as well. They have become very well-known in our community as an excellent and exciting musical group.
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir also offers a summer activity designed to enrich the arts education of each girl by focusing on a specific genre of music. The girls have studied opera (summer ‘14) and professional musical theater (summer ‘15), the symphony orchestra (summer ‘16) and choral music (summer ’17). These trips are possible because of our generous sponsors and through all of our fundraising efforts that take place during the year.
“It’s fun to travel with these girls and see the excitement that they have when attending live performances and participating in workshops. They are wonderful young women who have much to offer. We want them to know about possibilities that might be available to them now or later in their life, since music is a lifelong skill,” said Parker.
Rehearsals for the choir will be held on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. in the middle school band room with the first rehearsal taking place on Sept. 11. The tuition fee for the PSGC is $200 per year for each girl. There is a $10 audition fee which will be applied to the payment. A payment plan for the tuition will be offered and scholarships for all who need assistance are available.
Parker stated, “No one will ever be turned away due to an inability to pay. If there is a need for financial assistance, we will help the family find it.” An audition packet is available by calling Parker at the number below or visiting the PSGC website, www.singpagosa.org. A scholarship application is included in the packet.
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 love music, love singing and performing, come join this wonderful musical journey. This coming year will hold some special opportunities for the girls as they celebrate their fifth year together. It’s a great time to join this stellar group. If you have questions or need further information, call Parker at 264-1434.