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      Registration for the choirs is now open and all singers from grades 2-12 are encouraged to apply. Opportunities include the YOUNG MEN'S CHOIR which includes boys in grades 9-12 or younger boys who have changed voices. The YOUNG WOMEN'S CHOIR includes girls in grades 9-12. The CHILDREN'S CONCERT CHOIR features singers from grades 5-8. The CHOIR TOO is the training choir for children in grades 2-4 or those who are still working on their singing voice. Enrollment is open to all children and typically includes students from all three school districts, private and home-schooled children.

      Each choir meets once a week and performs an autumn concert, a holiday concert at the Dickens of a Christmas Weekend, and a spring concert. The choirs also perform for local civic and church groups, and join with other choirs for joint concerts. Touring began early in the HG Choir history and since then the choirs have toured in Washington D.C., New York City (joining with the Newark Boy's Choir), Toronto (joining with the Hamilton, Ontario Children's Choir; who then came to Tioga County for a joint concert the following year.) The choirs also toured Prague in the Czech Republic, and Brazil. More recently the choirs embarked on a never-before-attempted plan to sing in all the counties in Pennsylvania. The choirs have toured every spring to different areas of Pennsylvania, singing in various counties. Highlights include singing  National Anthem at a Phillies game in front of over 60,000 people; singing at the Flight Memorial near Shanksville, singing at Falling Waters, and in well over 50 schools throughout the state.

       

      Since 2001, the choirs have performed the National Anthem at the Little League World Series in Williamsport. All singers in the choirs—including new singers—from grades 2-12 will perform the National Anthem.

      The tuition cost for participation is kept to a minimum with the gifts from local citizens who are committed to offering a quality community choral experience for local students. Choir fundraisers (primarily the annual poinsettia sale) help to keep costs low. Scholarships of up to half of the total cost are often available to families who are in difficult financial situations.

       

      Dr. Peggy Detwiler of the Mansfield University choral music department has worked with the choir program in a number of capacities. She has spent a number of individual rehearsals with the groups over the years. She invited the choirs to sing with the MU Festival Chorus for Carl Orff's magnificent Carmina Burana both at MU on two different occasions. Dr. Detwiler invited the choirs to perform at other MU choir concerts, and arranged for the children's choir to be the choir-in-residence at the 2002 Pennsylvania American Choral Directors' Conference at Penn State with the renowned Jean Ashworth Bartle as the clinician.

       

      “The Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choir is recognized as one of the finest children's choirs in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania,” stated Dr. Detwiler. “They have sung for special events here at Mansfield University and have always presented themselves in a very professional manner. They sing great literature with beautiful choral tone. I recommend them wholeheartedly as musical ambassadors for Pennsylvania.”

       

      The choirs also performed with the MU Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsport Youth orchestra singing Aaron Copland's AMERICAN SONGS.

       

      For more information about the Hamilton-Gibson Choir program for children and youth, call the HG office at 570.724.2079.


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