BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Area Children’s Choir will hold its 20th anniversary concert at 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre.
The concert will feature both the Treble Choir, consisting of children ages 9-16, and the Youth Chorale, featuring more mature voices of youngsters ages 12-18. Some of the singers are graduating seniors who have been with the group for up to nine years.
Several supporters of the group during its 20 years will be honored, and a reception will be held.
Formerly known as the Heritage Singers, the group was organized in 1992 by Jean Sigler and Michele Hall to be the featured entertainment at the 1995 reunion of World War II’s 5th Armored Division Association in Bangor. Sponsored by Galen Cole during those early years, the choir became established as a viable children’s performing group.
The mission of the choir is “Helping Youth Discover Their Voices!” Under the guidance of professional staff, artistic director Steve Weston and accompanist Amy Maier, the choir offers a program for developing individual and ensemble vocal skills for youth that builds musicianship, character and leadership. Participation also enhances a sense of self as the youngsters serve as ambassadors of community and state.
As part of its 20th anniversary, the nonprofit choir is holding a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $20,000 to help provide scholarships to young musicians who need financial assistance to participate.
Cole Land Transportation Museum has donated $5,000 to the campaign. Corporate sponsors include Bangor Savings Bank and Dysart’s. The city of Bangor Commission for Cultural Development has given the group a $2,000 grant.
The choir also will perform during the final worldwide reunion banquet of the 5th Armored Division at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Bangor Auditorium. Tickets are available through the auditorium.
Musical selections during the 20th anniversary concert on May 11 will include jazz, music from Broadway, and songs in both Spanish and Hebrew.
Guest performers will include the New Renaissance Singers, Bangor Community Chorus and Judi Pratt.
The May 11 concert and reception are free to the public.
For information, visit http://www.bangorareachildrenschoir.com.