Does your child love to sing?
Chandler Children’s Choir is holding new member auditions for East Valley singers May 6 as the nonprofit community choir prepares for its 10th anniversary.
Free 10-minute auditions will be available 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Arizona Music Academy, 1700 E. Elliot Road, in Tempe. Auditions are open to youth ages 7 – 18. No experience is necessary.
Chandler Children’s Choir (CCC) is the premier youth choir in the East Valley, having offered performance-based choral education to hundreds of young people since 2008.
“There’s something unique about singing in a choir, and at the same time, something so natural,” said Aimee Stewart, CCC’s co-founder and artistic director. “Making music is the most natural activity that humans do, and since singing uses our bodies as the instruments, it becomes very personal and literally resonates to your core.”
“When young people join together to create something beautiful with just the sounds of their voices, they start to understand that their one voice can make a difference,” Stewart said. “That they can contribute to a greater good or a higher cause, and that they can be a part of something bigger than themselves.”
Madison Ibarra, 12, a student at St. Mary-Basha Catholic School in Chandler, joined Chandler Children’s Choir as a young girl and has blossomed into a confident performer and soloist.
“We were blessed to have found CCC in 2011 when our daughter was 6 years old,” said Madison’s mom, Marie Ibarra. “Being in the choir has given her the confidence to perform in front of an audience. During our time here she has learned to read music, sing in multiple languages, and has made numerous friendships with some amazing memories and life lessons that will last a lifetime.”
Chandler Children’s Choir currently serves nearly 160 youth in the East Valley, and focuses on vocal fundamentals, classic repertoire and varied performances.
The program includes three choirs – Cantus, Encore and Junior – with weekly rehearsals in Tempe. CCC hosts four signature performances during the season, and singers are offered a range of solo and ensemble opportunities. The choir regularly collaborates with guests artists such as YouTube sensation Simply Three.
Throughout the season, CCC performs at a range of special events across the Valley, including the Arizona Diamondbacks Choir Night, Mesa’s Chinese New Year celebration, and Chandler’s Parade of Lights. The choir recently sang the national anthem at a Phoenix Suns game and two Cantus singers were invited to perform the national anthem at East Valley sporting events.
This season, CCC launched a progressive touring program for each choir. The Junior Choir took part in a choir exchange with Arizona School for the Arts and attended a performance of Matilda the Musical at ASU Gammage. Encore singers traveled to California to participate in a professional recording session through the Disney Performing Arts program and enjoy a fun-filled trip to Disneyland. The Cantus choir is off to New York this summer for a musical tour of the city, with a full itinerary of performances and sightseeing.
Under Stewart’s direction, CCC singers have been selected by audition to perform in numerous state, regional and national honor choirs year after year.
Chandler Children’s Choir is looking forward to adding new singers to its roster following the May 6 audition. Celebrating its 10th anniversary next season, CCC is planning a full slate of special events and performances for singers, families and the community.
“The thrill of performing together after weeks or months of hard work is one of the most satisfying experiences a musician can have, and that’s the reason we keep coming back – because the reward of the performance is so compelling,” Stewart said. “When young people start their musical journey by joining a children’s choir, they have a musical foundation that becomes the groundwork for any other direction they want to go, whether in music or out.”
“The lessons of teamwork, individual effort, expression, and hard work are transferable to anything else young people do in their lives,” Stewart said.
For more information about Chandler Children’s Choir or to book an audition, call 480-699-9846 or visit http://www.chandlerchildrenschoir.org/Audition_Info