The Newport County Youth Chorus has announced that they will be offering an opportunity for students in grades 2 – 4 in May! It is free to participate and no audition is necessary — just a love of singing!

Students are invited to join the 6-week program for 2nd – 4th graders 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) with a special performance opportunity on Saturday, June 1.

All are welcome! If you or someone you know would like to join the group, please reach out to or sign up at

For more information about the chorus, please visit

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