As spring signals an awakening of the land, it’s also a time to witness musical growth.
The children’s choruses of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will present “When I Sing” at 11 a.m. April 13 at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.
The 40 voices of Inclined to Sing and the Apprentice Choir will delight the audience with a concert featuring classical and contemporary music for children’s choirs.
The JSO’s Inclined to Sing program provides students a chance to study music with trained vocal teachers.
The organization was founded in 2001 by Kim Rauch and Andrea Mulligan, both choir director veterans, along with Rauch’s late wife, Mary Beth.
The Apprentice Choir, which enrolls kindergartners through fourth-graders, is directed by Mulligan.
The Inclined to Sing Choir, which enrolls fifth- through ninth-graders, is under the direction of Rauch.
“We have a lot of blossoming talent, and the kids have been working hard,” Rauch said.
“The older students will be doing sophisticated pieces that most people may not expect from this age group.”
Selections will range from traditional songs and vocal jazz to works by Handel and Benjamin Britten.
“Britten offers challenges from the 20th century and Handel takes them back to the 18th century,” Rauch said.
“Andrea has a way of keeping the younger singers engaged in the process, which invests them in the music.”
The choirs also are supported by Inclined alumni interns, talented young singers who have graduated from the program and elect to return and lead and guide the children.
“Some of these older students have been with us since they were in second grade,” Rauch said.
“Some help the youngest members do things such as find their pages or sharpen their pencils.”
The students also mentor younger members.
“If there is a particular musical phrase, the older kids will demonstrate how it should sound so the choir members can master it,” Rauch said.
Numbers have been holding steady for each choir through the past several years.
If he had one wish, Rauch would like to see numbers increase to about 30 members in each choir.
“Those numbers would allow us to expand to a primary-level choir,” he said.
The ensemble practices weekly at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.
Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.
What: “When I Sing,” presented by children’s choruses of Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
When: 11 a.m. April 13.
Where: Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.
Tickets: $5 at the door.