Archive for Thursday, July 27, 2006

Director working to revive city choir

July 27, 2006

The newly revived Kaw Valley Community chorus had its first rehearsal Tuesday evening, and director Kimberly Demings said things are going as planned.

"We had about nine or 10 people show up," she said. "We did mostly exercises just so people could get used to me and I could figure out what kind of voices we have to work with."

About six former members of the chorus, including Demings' mother, encouraged her to revive the chorus, which disbanded three years ago because of lack of interest. And Demings jumped at the opportunity.

Although it's still in its beginning stages, Demings, a music teacher in the Basehor-Linwood school district, said she wanted to reform the defunct chorus to work with more adult voices.

"I love working with the kids," she said. "But the position that I have doesn't have a lot of upper-level vocal work. I liked the opportunity to work with more mature voices and create music. When somebody mentioned it to me, I thought it would be a way for me to do something more adult."

There are no auditions for the group, but a $20 fee is required to cover the cost of venues and fliers for advertising. Demings said the chorus is open to any area resident who is at least 14 years old.

"I'm going to mail some things to the schools when school starts to see if I can get some younger voices in there soon," she said.

Demings said she will not have a solid idea of how many people will participate in the chorus until September, but she will start rehearsing on Aug. 15, with an eye toward having the chorus' first performance in December.

"I'm still working on talking to churches and schools," she said. "I'm trying to get two or three locations for performances. Basically, we'll advertise to whatever communities we're performing in and hopefully people will want to come and see it."

Demings is looking to build the chorus up to at least 20 people and also needs an accompanist who can attend all rehearsals.

"We could always use more people," she said.

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