Up & Coming Weekly

November 07, 2017

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14 UCW NOVEMBER 8 - 14, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM EVENTS The Campbellton Youth Chorus, a cho- ral music group, has no affiliation with any school or church. The organization is dedicated to fostering music literacy and giving children a lifelong love for music. As its website states, this group is open to "youth ages 9 to 14, regardless of school affiliation, ethnicit y, socio- economic background or religion." The group's artistic director, Donna Jo Mangus, said, "It's really a community choir and the only youth community choir in Cumberland County." The idea for a diverse, music-centered youth choir came from the Cumberland Oratorio Singers, a local adult sym- phonic choir of which Mangus is a member. The connection works well for both groups, providing the Campbell- ton Youth Chorus opportunities to sing three times a year as the opening act for Oratorio Singers concerts. Once a year, the youth are even given the opportunit y to sing in a joint performance with their parent choir and learn about large group performances. Those performances are in addition to the youth chorus's three yearly concerts and other events. Mangus said the youth choir sings, "secular, sacred and patriot music." She added that this spring they will also sing pop songs and some show tunes. The choir is in its third year and second full season and is already scheduled to perform Nov. 10 at Saint Patrick Catholic Church; Dec. 16 at Anderson Street First Baptist Church; and March 1-3 they will be in Greensville as part of the 2018 Piedmont Invitational Children's Choir Festival. A lso, t he chor us w i l l per for m in a joint con- cer t w it h t he Cumberla nd Orator io Singers at Hay mont United Bapt ist Chu rch Apr i l 27, a nd in Ju ly t hey w i l l pa r t icipate in t he Independence Day sy mphony concer t at Fest iva l Pa rk. Those interested in invit- ing the chorus perform for events, as well as those par- ents who would like to have their child join the Camp- bellton Youth Chorus, should send an email to Mangus at DonnajoMangus@gmail.com. The chorus practices once a week, and yearly dues are $90 for what Mangus says is "almost like a private group singing lesson." Interested children are not required to have any vocal experience or education. The group is de- voted to inclusivity and music, so the only requirement is a love of singing. More information about t he group's mission and t heir performance schedule is available at w w w.campbelltonyout hchorus.org. A choir for the community by ALEC NICCUM ALEC NICCUM, Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. (910) 484-6200.

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