Thursday, June 24, 2004

Mississippi's Girlchoir sings in eight languages to prepare for festival

The Mississippi Girlchoir, composed of 27 young women, are Hawaii-bound for the Pacific Rim Children's Chorus Festival in Oahu. And they're learning songs in Hawaiian, Korean, Taiwanese, Samoan, Japanese, Filipino, Tearawan (New Zealand) and Tahitian for the trip.

The choir auditioned and was accepted for the July 6-14 festival. There, three mornings on the village grounds of the Polynesian Cultural Center will introduce the young singers to ethnic dances, Polynesian musical and dance instruments, the language and chants. They will sing in two major mass choir concerts in Honolulu, and also perform their own concert repertoire. They'll rehearse under the director of Indianapolis Children's Choir conductor Henry Leck, a prolific choral music composer/arranger.

Mississippi Girlchoir is an audition-only choir. Try-outs for the 2004-2005 season will be held through the end of September for the beginner and middle choirs. The older choir will probably be filled mid-July. Tuition costs are: $200 a semester ($400 a year) for the Bel Canto; $300 a year for Jibilate and $250 a year for Apprentice, with a $50 registration fee for each. To make an appointment for an audition or more information, call 601-362-9337 or 601-981-9863.

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