Youth and children in Macon County who enjoy singing now have a place to do so. The Macon County Youth & Children’s Choir is currently seeking children and youth in grades K-8 to participate in its first season, March 3rd thru May 26th. Registration is open now thru March 1st.
Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday afternoons at Grace Presbyterian Church, 360 1st Street, Franklin. Choristers in grades K-3 will meet 3:45-4:30 and grades 4-8 will meet 4:30-5:30pm. A public outdoors concert will be held Sunday, May 23rd at 3pm.
Formed by a group of parents looking for vocal outlets for their children and with the help of piano accompanist Diane Brailsford, its first season will be directed by Maggie Jennings, who has directed children’s and youth choirs for over 15 years. “Our children deserve the same basic opportunities their peers are getting in other parts of the state and nation,” Jennings said. “Music is as basic as eating–we do it before we walk or talk. As children and adults, we do it because it’s simply fun to sing together. It’s invigorating. It brings joy and builds community.”
MCYCC hasn’t thrown caution to the wind, however. Choristers will be able to participate online if needed at any point during the season, and weekly in-person rehearsals will be very social distanced. Masks will be required at the beginning and end of rehearsal and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
“The pandemic data has shown us that student-to-student and student-to-adult transmission is simply not occurring in places with proper protocols, so we believe it’s time to provide a mental health outlet to our young people, and we believe we can safely do so.”
For more information or to register, visit www.MaconCountyYouthChoirs.org or call Maggie Jennings at 843-412-0582.