Does your child love to sing? Then check out the new singing group in Roanoke for children in grades 6-12 – the Community Youth Choir! The chorus is sponsored by The Thursday Morning Music Club, a group that is committed to bring music “into the inner life of the nation”, according to club literature. Retired Roanoke City School music teacher Charlean Fisher, a long time member of the club, explained that the Thursday Morning Music Club has existed for more than 100 years. It currently boasts about 200 members. The group meets at Calvary Baptist Church in Roanoke once a month to sing together and enjoy concerts and musical presentations such as the Roanoke Chamber Brass, an organ concert, a recorder ensemble, and the winner of the National Music Club.
Junior Thursday Morning Music Club
Mrs. Fisher explained that the Thursday Morning Music Club has had a vision to “embrace young people and draw them into our love of music” because “music changes your life”. Toward that effort, the group sponsors the Junior Thursday Morning Music Club, which has two different programs:
1. Whole Notes/Virtuoso for those who love music
The Whole Notes club is for students in grades 1-12 who enjoy listening to and participating in musical expression. For both instrumentalists and non-instrumentalists, it meets the second Saturday of each month at Grandin Court Baptist Church from 10-11:30 a.m. and costs $10 per year to join. For more information, contact Wysor Gearhart at 343-2800.
2. Foot Notes for those interested in dance
The Foot Notes club, for middle and high school students, meets 4 times per year at different dance studios in the area, and enjoys performances and workshops by professional dancers. Their next meeting will be Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. at Valley Dance, and the cost for membership is $25 per year. For more information, contact Rebecca Weger at 774-0198. The Thursday Morning Music Club offers $5,000 in scholarships and cash awards per year to qualifying students who are members of the Junior Thursday Morning Music Club.
Community Youth Choir
The new Community Youth Choir is the most recent program begun by the Thursday Morning Music Club. Described by Club President Judy Barger-Edgell as being similar to the popular t.v. show “Glee”, the chorus will not compete with black tie/classical groups such as the Roanoke College Children’s Choir, but will focus on fun and contemporary music, and will include choreography. The group will perform recitals for the Thursday Morning Music Club, as well as at some outside events. The choir is slated to perform for the Junior Thursday Morning Music Club in December, and at Tanglewood Mall in May for National Music Week. The group will likely also sing at the spring recital for Whole Notes/Virtuoso and Foot Notes at the Taubman Museum.
The Community Youth Choir had its first rehearsal at the beginning of October, and currently meets once a month. The next rehearsal is Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 12:30-3 p.m. in the new fellowship hall of Grandin Court Baptist Church on Brambleton Avenue. It is directed by Jenny Shelton, Director of Operations of Opera Roanoke, who also has experience in choir direction at Hollins College. The chorus is open to all middle and high school students, male or female, and there are no auditions necessary. Interested students can simply show up to rehearsal on November 13th. There is a one-time fee of $10 to join the chorus. For more information about the Community Youth Choir, e-mail Jenny Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Barger-Edgell at email@example.com (563-4782). For more information about the Thursday Morning Music Club, contact Judy Barger-Edgell 563-4782, or Charlean Fisher at 366-7950.
The Community Youth Choir, as well as the Junior Thursday Morning Music Club, are excellent ways for homeschoolers to become more involved in the world of music, and to share their love for this art. Take the time to check out this awesome local resource for music lovers!
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