The Newport County Youth Chorus is welcoming singers to join a new Middle School Ensemble class for students in grades 5 – 8 with unchanged voices that will be offered in Newport this spring. It is free to participate and no audition is necessary — just a love of singing! Sign up at

The new class will be held on Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:45 pm at the Martin Luther King Community Center (20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport). The first rehearsal of the spring semester is Thursday, February 20, 2020 and will continue through the end of May. Participants will learn music from different countries, in different languages and in different styles while also developing their voices and learning musical skills. The 14-week class will culminate in a performance on Saturday, May 30. Singers will join with the other Middle School Ensemble class, which meets in Portsmouth on Wednesdays, to perform as one ensemble and also share the concert with other ensembles of the Newport County Youth Chorus and the Aquidneck Singers. All classes are led by experienced and engaging teachers and musicians. 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

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.