The Newport County Youth Chorus is welcoming new singers to join them for their third season. It is free to participate and no audition is necessary — just a love of singing! 

The Middle School Ensemble (treble/unchanged voices in grades 5 – 8) meets on Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:45 pm at St. Mary’s Church (324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth). The first rehearsal of the fall semester is September 18. Participants learn music from different countries, in different languages and in different styles while also developing their voices and learning musical skills.

2nd – 4th graders have the opportunity to enroll in 6-week programs with a musical theme. The first session will celebrate American Classics ranging from spirituals to music of the Civil Rights to the Beatles! The singers will share a special performance of the music they have learned for families and friends at the final class. Classes begin the week of September 16. 

Families of 2nd – 4th graders can choose the day and location that works best for them: Tuesdays, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the MLK Center (20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport) or Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church (324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth). Visit the website www.newportsings.org/season for 2019 – 2020 session dates, themes and to register. 

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/join. For more information about the chorus, please visit www.newportsings.org

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