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mmuller - Tue, Aug 25, 2009, 11:50 A
Young Singers of Greater Westfield Invites New Members to Audition

Young Singers of Greater Westfield Invites New Members to Audition

WESTFIELD, MA, August 25, 2009 - Young Singers of Greater Westfield (YSGW) is kicking off its ninth season, and they are inviting singers in grades two through twelve to join their choruses and share in the fun and excitement of performances, choral festivals, exchange concerts, retreats, and more in one of the area's most affordable after-school music programs.

Each audition is brief (about 15 minutes), easy, and fun. They give new singers a chance to meet YSGW Artistic Director Janet St. Jean and Assistant Director Elizabeth Dominick and help them determine the best singing situation for each student. Auditions can be scheduled by calling Mrs. St. Jean at 563-5156 or by emailing her at Auditions will be held early in September by appointment at North Middle School, 350 Southampton Road, Westfield, MA.

YSGW includes approximately 65 singers organized into three chorus divisions by age. The Junior division is for students in grades two to four; they rehearse every Wednesday afternoon from 4:15-5:30 p.m. The Senior division, which is for students in grades five and up, rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Moriah is the group's chamber choir for grades eight and up; their rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. All rehearsals are held at North Middle School on Southampton Road in Westfield. They begin in mid September and run through through April, with a winter recess in December.

Each chorus performs a variety of types of music, including folk, jazz, contemporary, and classical. Singers have the opportunity to work closely with professional musicians and educators regularly perform with each other and with other groups in the area, including other choral groups, symphony orchestras, and individual performers. The groups present two concerts annually, as well as attending choral festivals, singing with other local musical groups, and performing at area functions. YSGW offers a terrific way for students to develop their vocal skills and musical knowledge while having a great time.

For more information on joining the Young Singers of Greater Westfield, visit their Web site at or call (413) 563-5156.