Choir singing strong

A SMALL group of singers showed off their big voices at Marong Primary School on Monday.

The Australian Youth Choir singers were taking part in the three-day workshop organised by the National Institute of Youth Performing Arts Australia.

Gathered in one of the Marong Primary school rooms, the children practiced their favourite songs and took part in activities to help improve their singing skills.

Musical director Bev Hartwig and accompanist John Tungyep led the choir singers through Diamantina Drover.

"They will be performing in Melbourne in August with the Keystone Boys Choir," Ms Hartwig said.

"So we have been learning some of the repetoire for that and will also study some worksheet theory that helps them to read sheet music."

The Keystone Boys Choir comes from Philadelphia. The Australian Youth Choir is also working towards recording a CD in September as well as performing in their own gala concert in November.

The three-day workshop gives the children a chance to build their performance skills and confidence, make new friends and experience new learning techniques.

It isn't all business though with each day having different themes including black and white dress, silly hats and a dose of colour.

The teachers allow time to bring the different age groups together to create a diverse learning experience.

Particpants from Bendigo usually practice each week at the Forest Street Uniting Church.

They will be performing in Melbourne in August with the Keystone Boys Choir

Bev Hartwig


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