Newt Powell has been selected to participate in the Augusta Children's Chorale for the 2005-2006 season.
The 10-year-old is the son of Chris and Dawn Powell of Thomson.
ACC provides vocal training and performance exposure for talented young singers. Singers in ACC are from ages 8 to 16 and come from seven counties and more than 35 schools to rehearse once per week. The choristers represent some of the finest vocal talent among children of this area. Established in 1991 ACC is comprised of 75 auditioned singers in two choirs; 50 in the Choral (advanced choir) and 25 in the Da Capo (Preparatory Choir). Newt will be a member of the Choral.
The primary focus of the training program in Augusta Children's Choral 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 ‚Äò70s and ‚Äò80s; she is presently Director of Music at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Augusta.
Augusta Children's Choral has earned a national reputation among children's choirs. Conductors and composers often voice their preferences for ACC to be included in the choirs which will present their music. For example, in July ACC participated in the 2005 Prague Children's Music Festival and recently accepted the invitation to participate in the 2006 International Choral Festival in Missoula, Montana.
From numerous domestic and international choral groups (including choirs from Australia, Austria, Korea, Wales, and Zambia) Augusta Children's Choral is one of only four children's choirs issued the invitation. (The other children's choirs invited are from Israel, Canada, and Tacoma, Washington.)
Augusta Children's Chorale endeavors to honor the cultural needs of children. ACC's training program builds their awareness of unity in music around the world. Auditions are held in February and March for the season that begins in August.