Yankton Children’s Choir schedules final audition

Yankton Children's Choir schedules final audition One final audition date has been scheduled for the 10th season of the Yankton Children's Choir (YCC)! All third through eighth-graders with unchanged voices � boys and girls � are encouraged to try out for the Preparatory Choir and Concert Choir.

One evening of auditions remains: Thursday, Aug. 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. They are being held at the United Church of Christ-Congregational, 5th and Walnut, in Yankton, through the cooperation of the J. Laiten Weed Fund. Please use the northeast glass doors, off the library parking lot.

All auditions are on a first come, first served basis, and a singer must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. During the audition time, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and clarify expectations.

Singers will be tested for their vocal range and on their ability to remember melodies. They'll also be asked to sing My Country 'Tis of Thee unaccompanied, and to participate in singing a familiar round.

Rehearsals for this season's Yankton Children's Choir will begin Monday, Sept. 9 and continue weekly through May.

Last year's choir members represented many South Dakota and Nebraska communities including Hartington, Mission Hill, Scotland, Springfield, Utica, Vermillion, Wausa and Yankton.

In the past the choir has performed at Mt. Rushmore and they have sung the national anthem at a Minnesota Twins baseball game and a Sioux Falls Skyforce basketball game. The choir has also presented world premieres of five pieces of music especially commissioned for the ensemble. Special events are being planned for the upcoming 10th anniversary year for YCC.

Tuition is charged for participation in the choir, but choral director Lea Ann Schramm said, "We don't want any interested young person to be afraid to audition because of financial concerns. Scholarship help and time payment plans are available, so everyone who wants to try out, should!"

Those with questions about auditions or the upcoming season should contact Schramm (605) 665-4394, after 5 p.m.; lschramm@dtgnet.com or Executive Director, Patty Stuelpnagel (605) 664-2007; vpstue@dtgnet.com.

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