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Three local youth to be part of chorale group

Three local youth have been accepted to perform with the prestigious Augusta Children's Chorale De Capo for the 2006-2007 season.

Morgan Sherrer, Newt Powell and Taylor Newton are among 25 Augusta area youth who will perform with the group.

The Augusta Children's Chorale is a nonprofit organization that was formed in order to "offer boys and girls with unchanged voices opportunities for musical and personal development through excellence in singing in a diverse choral organization."

The choir is open to children in the CSRA who are in grades three though nine. Membership in the group is acquired through an audition. A chorale society spokesperson said the group is "geared towards professional standards of excellence." There are currently 75 children in the Chorale: 50 in the Chorale and 25 in the De Capo. The De Capo is a preparatory choir whereas the Chorale is an advanced group.

Seasonally, the Chorale performs with the Augusta opera, the Augusta Symphony and the Augusta Choral Society. These engagements are used for the children to practice what they have been taught about music, vocal training and performance etiquette. It also has a rotational tour schedule of national, international and regional events.

The Augusta Children's Chorale was founded by Linda Leslie Bradburry in 1991 and was incorporated in 1994. She is also the musical director. The children are directed by Lori Ascani Van Lenten.

A Thomson native, Morgan, 8, is the daughter of Gene and Mary Sherrer. She will be entering the third grade at Briarwood Academy in the fall.

"Morgan is very excited," says her mother.



Web posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006













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