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November
2017
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07:55 PM
America/New_York

Community Impact: Georgia Children's Chorus

NOW IN ITS 20TH SEASON, THE GEORGIA CHILDREN’S CHORUS ISN’T JUST ABOUT SINGING. FOR ITS YOUNG PARTICIPANTS, IT’S ALSO ABOUT LEARNING RESPONSIBILITY, COMMITMENT, TEAMWORK AND SELF-CONFIDENCE.

The Georgia Children’s Chorus is a 100-voice children’s chorus in-residence at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. Its singers – who range from age seven to 18 and are from the Athens area – receive professional choral training and opportunities to perform.

The chorus offers beginning, intermediate and advanced vocal training. Singers are selected through an audition process and placed in a choir according to their singing ability and age.

Each year, the non-profit chorus performs two major concerts in Hodgson Hall in the UGA Performing Arts Center, along with numerous community events. The chorus has also performed at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Lincoln Center in New York City.

The Jackson EMC Foundation recently awarded a grant of $12,500 to the Georgia Children’s Chorus to help up to 20 students from low-income families in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties participate in choral training and performance opportunities.

Lifelong benefits for students of music include enhanced critical thinking skills, higher test scores, better vocabulary and advanced reading skills, according to Georgia Children’s Chorus’ artistic director Carol Reeves.

"Kids who’ve been through the program tell me they learned music but so much more. It’s built their confidence and helped them learn communications skills. When they go into the work field or college for interviews, they feel they can better handle themselves with more confidence and poise."