Newport County Youth Chorus offers free after school programs to Elementary and Middle School students

Chris Electric

The Newport County Youth Chorus is welcoming new singers to join. There are several options for interested students in grades 2 – 4 and 5 – 6. It is free to participate and no audition is necessary — just a love of singing!

The 5th – 6th Grade Chorus meets on Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:15 pm at St. Mary’s Church (324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth). The first rehearsal of the spring semester is February 6 and will run until May 29 with a performance on June 1. Participants learn music from different countries, in different languages and in different styles while also developing their voices and learning musical skills.

Two 6-week programs will be offered this spring to 2nd – 4th graders. The first features music from around the world. During this 6-week program, singers will learn songs from different places and in different languages. Singing the music will uncover exciting and interesting things about other cultures including dances, musical styles and even food! The singers will share a special performance of the music they have learned for families and friends directly following the last class.

Families can choose the day and location that works best for them; either Tuesdays, March 5 – April 9 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the MLK Center (20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport) or Wednesdays, March 6 – April 10 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm at St. Mary’s Church (324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth).

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The second 6-week program for 2nd – 4th graders is called “All that Jazz — Broadway Showtunes”! Get ready to sing and dance and have a great time exploring the music of Broadway! Singers will have a chance to be center stage as we sing some of Broadway’s best songs! The singers will share a special performance of the music they have learned for families and friends directly following the last class.

Families can choose the day and location that works best for them; either Tuesdays, April 30 – June 5 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the MLK Center (20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport) or Wednesdays, May 1 – June 6 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm at St. Mary’s Church (324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth).

All are welcome! If you or someone you know would like to join the group, please reach out to newportcountyyouthchorus@gmail.com or sign up at www.newportsings.org/how-to-join-us. For more information about the chorus, please visit www.newportsings.org.

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