Augusta Children's Chorale will be performing April 17, 4 p.m., in the sanctuary of Thomson First United Methodist Church.
ACC is comprised of 73 auditioned singers in two choirs; the Thomson concert will be performed by the advanced choir -- the Chorale. The process of auditioning and preparing children to sing in an opera production in 1991 sparked interest and enthusiasm to continue the learning experience for talented young singers. The cultural community desired the benefits of excellent vocal training and performance exposure and asked for the continuance of Augusta's first community chorale for children.
Members of the Augusta Children's Chorale will perform in Thomson Sunday.
A drive to establish a permanent auditioned children's choral group brought about the beginning of Augusta Children's Chorale, a non-profit organization, in 1991. Singers in ACC are from ages 8 to 16 and come from seven counties and more than 33 schools to rehearse once per week.
The choristers represent some of the finest vocal talent among children of this area. Since its inception in 1991, some McDuffie County children have been members of Augusta Children's Chorale. Taylor Newton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bubba Newton, currently sings with Da Capo, the preparatory choir.
The primary focus of the training program in Augusta Children's Chorale is education. Performance etiquette (with components of confidence, discipline and presentation) is one of the products of training. Thus, ACC accepts some performance engagements during the season in order to enhance the educational process and to appease audiences.
During engagements outside the Augusta area, it becomes increasingly clear that Augusta Children's Chorale is known for its excellent program and its outstanding leadership. Founding Director Linda Bradberry is well respected by her peers throughout the East and has earned recognition in Georgia, surrounding states, and the jurisdiction for her abilities in training, conducting and producing program excellence. She gains attention nationally, and even internationally, as she and ACC are often selected to participate in national and international tours and festivals. Linda Bradberry served as Director of Music at Thomson First United Methodist Church for 16 years during the '70s and '80s; she is presently Director of Music at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
Augusta Children's Chorale will participate in the 2005 Prague Children's Music Festival and will perform in historical venues in Prague, Vienna and Salzburg. Thirty-three singers from the advanced choir (plus an entourage of accompanying adults) will travel to Europe July 7-18, joining other children's choirs throughout the world.
Augusta Children's Chorale auditions are held in February and March for the season that begins in August. Please visit the ACC web site (www.AugustaChildrensChorale.org) or call Ann Roberts at Augusta Children's Chorale (706-826-4718) for more information.