Online Staff Report
MONROE, Wis. — Students in grades 2 through 12 are encouraged to “discover your talent and learn teamwork” by auditioning for a place in the Monroe Youth Choirs for the spring semester. The Monroe Youth Choirs, under the direction of Cindy Blanc, is a continuing program of the Monroe Arts Center.
The purpose of Monroe Youth Choirs is to create a community of young musicians dedicated to musical learning and excellence. Through the study and performance of choral music, Monroe Youth Choirs nurture personal, musical and social development. Auditions for Monroe Youth Choirs are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 25, at Monroe Arts Center’s Concert Hall, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis. Students from other communities are welcome, and appointments are not required.
Monroe Youth Choirs offers classes for two age groups: a Junior Choir for students in second through fifth grades, and a Senior Choir for students in sixth through 12th grades. The Junior Choir focuses on learning basic music vocabulary, vocal technique, group singing skills and rehearsal behavior. The Senior Choir focuses on vocal technique and a diverse choral repertoire.
The spring semester will run Feb. 1-April 6. The semester consists of nine class sessions, one dress rehearsal and one concert. All class sessions, rehearsals and concerts are held at the Monroe Arts Center. The registration fee for students accepted into the choirs is $75 per semester for Junior Choir members, and $100 per semester for Senior Choir members. Choir members will receive a free MTC T-shirt at the concert April 6.
Blanc is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Carthage College with degrees in music education and performance. She is a music teacher at two private elementary schools, an instructor in voice, piano and percussion, and a church musician. In addition, she is music director at Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, Ill.; percussionist with the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra; and director of the Green County Harmony Chorus.
Audition form, class schedule, and other information can be obtained online at www.monroeartscenter.com or by calling Monroe Arts Center at (608) 325-5700 or 888-596-1249.
Posted Jan. 22, 2014