By Dorothy Paige-Turner
“If you add all the love in the world, take away all the hate and the pain, there’ll still be some love left over, and that’s what gives us HOPE!” is a lyric written by Mac Davis that sums up the theme of a new season of singing by the Council Choraleers, a community chorus of youth ages 9 through 12 from the greater Rockford area. This chorus began rehearsals Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Court Street United Methodist Church, 5:30-6:30 p.m., continuing weekly through May 2015. The chorus is directed by Dorothy Paige-Turner, sponsored by the Rockford Area Arts Council, and supported by the Kiwanis Charities. Youth (ages 9-12) may join requiring NO AUDITION and at NO COST to families. Participants are accepted through the end of September (www.artsforeveryone.com or call 815-963-6765).
A major goal for the chorus includes not only developing the natural voices of the youth, but creating excitement about singing, celebrating the human spirit and establishing an environment that will foster unity, harmony, respect and understanding among the various cultures and diverse demographics. The chorus assists in developing competent, confident performers, in addition to teaching them the importance of volunteering their talents to enlighten others through this unique opportunity.
Our first concert will be presented at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St. The performance will include music and poetry that develops the theme “Peace, Love, Hope and Joy.” It is open to the public and FREE to all who wish to attend. Donations are accepted.
The Council Choraleers have performed for more than 20 organizations since 2012. We have collaborated with other choruses including the Young Eagles Soaring Choir and the Kantorei—Singing Boys of Rockford. If you wish the chorus to perform for an event, please call Dorothy Paige-Turner at (815) 877-6582.
Dorothy Paige-Turner is a local educator and entertainer.
From the Sept. 3-9, 2014, issue