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Bangor Area Children's Choir launches 20th anniversary season

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BANGOR - The Bangor Area Children's Choir (BACC) is preparing to start an exciting year with auditions for new singers on Sept. 15. Under the musical direction of Steve Weston and Amy Maier, young singers will perform a diverse and challenging repertoire during this special 20th anniversary season. BACC will host its main celebration for the entire community in the spring of 2012.

BACC is a non-profit, independent organization that, for 20 years, has been providing an enriching vocal experience to youth from as far away as Ellsworth and Dover-Foxcroft. BACC reinforces and adds to the experience students receive in school and/or from private lessons by teaching vocal control and listening skills to a smaller group of singers. Members of the choir support each other through their similar enjoyment of music. This environment allows singers to experience a rewarding selection of music that is safe for developing voices. BACC also helps its members develop character and presence through its performances.

BACC is composed of two groups. The Treble Choir is for those children with developing voices who are ages 9 through 16. The Youth Chorale, BACC's premier ensemble, is for more advanced singers who can be up to age 18. With both groups, the emphasis is on careful development of techniques appropriate to their age. Within the choral setting provided by BACC, students will enhance their listening skills, tone and musicality.

BACC is committed to providing an enriching vocal experience to any child of appropriate age and ability with an interest and desire that will match the dedication of the other singers. Though BACC relies mostly on tuition, scholarships are available to those who cannot afford the cost. Donors have generously supported BACC's efforts at providing scholarships to youth of families with financial need. BACC believes that every child who successfully auditions should have the opportunity to experience the unique choral experience this group has to offer. Considering the average cost is less than $10 an hour, members of the Board believe the benefits are well worth the tuition costs.

BACC's artistic director Steve Weston and accompanist Amy Maier are both wonderfully skilled musicians dedicated to the vocal and personal development of the singers. Weston has a master of music in choral conducting from New Mexico State University. Maier earned a master of music in piano pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Weston and Maier provide individual attention to help each singer develop their voice and to help them grow as people. This past spring, Weston accompanied the Youth Chorale as they traveled to Boston for a fun-filled weekend to build relationships among the choir members. One choral member recognized that their date of travel fell on Holocaust Remembrance Day and suggested that the group share their music at the New England Holocaust Memorial near Faneuil Hall. Weston commented, "It was a moving moment. The group sang its signature song, Al Shlosha D'Varim, a traditional song whose words mean 'The world is sustained by three things: by truth, by justice, and by peace.' I am so proud that these mature young adults would choose to commemorate this tragedy by sharing a message of peace and love. This is what BACC is all about."

BACC invites youth to audition on Sept. 15 at First Baptist Church, 56 Center Street, Bangor. Scheduled performances include a winter concert, "The Nutcracker," in conjunction with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Robinson Ballet and the 20th anniversary celebration to which the entire community is invited. For more information as to performances or to find out how you can participate and support this exciting milestone for BACC, please visit www.bangorareachildrenschoir.com.

Last modified on Monday, 12 December 2011 10:04

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