TRAPPE - The Bel Canto Children's Chorus invites children between 7 and 12 years of age, including boys with unchanged voices, to audition for its Intermediate and Preparatory choirs during regularly scheduled rehearsals on each Monday evening in January. Rehearsals for the Preparatory Choir begin at 6:00 PM and are followed by the Intermediate Choir at 7:00 PM. All rehearsals are held at Community Music School, located at 775 West Main Street in Trappe. Prospective choristers are welcome to participate in the rehearsal and meet with the director following the rehearsal for a one-on-one audition.

Preparatory Choir is for children ages 7-9, while Intermediate is for ages 9-12. As the choristers gain choral experience and skills, they are then invited into the Concert Choir at approximately 12 years of age (gener

ally when entering 6th grade). The audition is an informal and relaxed process. Children do not need to prepare a solo piece, but will be asked to sing several vocal exercises that will aid in determining vocal range, music ability and aptitude.

Now in its 17th season, the Bel Canto Children's Chorus has gained a national reputation for performances throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. This past July the Concert Choir completed its first solo performance tour in Italy where they were honored to participate in an evening Mass at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

The mission of The Bel Canto Children's Chorus is to provide an educational and artistic musical experience for children of diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds and nurtures a sense of accomplishment and community through the outstanding performance of diverse choral repertoire. For additional information on the Chorus, tuition, audition times, etc., please contact the office via email at belcantochildren@juno.com or phone at 215-541-4242.

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