BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Area Children’s Choir will start its year with auditions from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at First Baptist Church, 56 Center St. Under the direction of Steve Weston and Amy Maier, young singers will perform a diverse repertoire during the choir’s 20th anniversary season, including a community celebration in the spring.
The choir is a nonprofit, independent organization that involves students from as far away as Ellsworth and Dover-Foxcroft, reinforcing what they receive in school or from private lessons by teaching vocal control and listening skills to a smaller group of singers. The environment allows singers to experience a rewarding selection of music that is safe for developing voices.
The choir comprises two groups — the Treble Choir is for those with developing voices who are 9-16; and the Youth Chorale, the premier ensemble, for more advanced singers up to age 18. With both groups, the emphasis is on careful development of techniques appropriate to their age.
Though the choir relies mostly on tuition, scholarships are available to those who cannot afford the cost.
Weston has a master’s degree in choral conducting from New Mexico State University and Maier earned a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Scheduled performances of the choir include a winter concert, “The Nutcracker,” in conjunction with Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Robinson Ballet, and the 20th anniversary celebration. For information, visit http://www.bangorareachildrenschoir.com.