The Newport County Youth Chorus has announced that they will present the 2nd annual “NCYC Song Fest” on Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church in Portsmouth.

The chorus will be led by Artistic Director Elizabeth Woodhouse and NCYC Accompanist Melissa Woolverton. Sabina Sams and Sara Lombardi, NCYC chorus managers from Middletown High School, will provide additional support. The concert is free to attend and donations will be accepted.

The concert will showcase the hard work of the NCYC Middle School Ensemble. In addition members of the 6-week programs for 2nd – 4th graders will perform songs they learned in the “Music From Around the World” and “All that Jazz: Broadway Showtunes” sessions offered this spring. Musical highlights include the John Rutter arrangement of “For the Beauty of the Earth”, the Italian aria “Alma del core” and familiar favorites such as “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King.  

The “NCYC Song Fest” will also feature the Women’s Vocal Ensemble from Middletown High School under the direction of Jennifer Vaillancourt. The MHS Women’s Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned group of 16 women who have sung with Billy Gilman (“The voice”), Trinity Repertory Theater and performed on stage at Disney World in April.

The Newport County Youth Chorus classes meet once a week for one hour. The program is free and does not require an audition. Classes are offered at the Martin Luther King Community Center (Newport) and St. Mary’s Church (Portsmouth). Classes will be offered again in the fall.

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