Children's Chorus of Crane seeking young singing artists

08.21.09

The Children’s Chorus of Crane is looking for singing artists ages 7 to 18 to join the group’s Junior and Senior Choirs. Open registration will take place Monday, Aug. 31, through Thursday, Sept. 3, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Schuette Hall, room A305, in SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music Complex.

The choirs perform regularly throughout the North Country and is committed to promoting choral and personal excellence in youth. The choirs remain accessible to all youths who love to sing, regardless of previous experience or ability.

Founded by Artistic Director Dr. Heather E. Eyerly in September 2004, The Children’s Chorus of Crane began as one 43-voice treble community choir encompassing all ages and ability levels. Five years later, it has developed into two ensembles, including the Junior Choir (grades two through five) and the Senior Choir (treble voices grades six through 12).

In its short tenure, the chorus has shared the stage with the Potsdam Community Chorus, served as guest artists for the Orchestra of Northern New York, participated in the Annual Candlelight Concert hosted by The Crane School of Music that is aired annually on PBS and premiered Arthur Frackenpohl’s “North Country Seasons,” a five-movement, grant-supported commission in partnership with the Potsdam Community Chorus featuring the poetry of our young artists.

Additionally the chorus has performed for local campus events, the World in Potsdam Diversity Festival and the Ottawa Tulip Festival.

Through its unique partnership with SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, the chorus enjoys a rich position of mentorship regarding the choral music education students enrolled at Crane.

“The Children’s Chorus of Crane is celebrated as an artistic, educational, and social experience,” said Dr. Eyerly, Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting Music Education. Our mission is to support and supplement the local school music programs by sharing, building and promoting musical and choral artistry. It is our goal to enhance the musicianship of the young artists so that they may become examples of choral excellence in youth and musical ambassadors for the North Country communities.”

For more information including a schedule and tuition information, please contact Eyerly at (315) 267-2435 or thechildrenschorusofcrane@gmail.com. Additional information can be found at www2.potsdam.edu/eyerlyhe/ccc.