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Youth Chorale to Perform

Williamsburg, Kentucky - Celebrate the holiday with the University of the Cumberlands Youth Chorale, who will perform in concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, in the Nell Moore Recital Hall of the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center on campus. Featuring two live nativities to observe the advent in song, handbells, and liturgical dance, the Youth Chorale offers the community a meaningful opportunity to reflect upon the reason for the season of Christmas.

Area youth are also invited to the chorale's open auditions, which will be held beginning Monday, January 23, for its spring membership. The new 2006 theme will focus on Africa and will include selections from the Lion King, as well as authentic folk songs from the various regions of that culturally rich continent. UC student LInda Chiarmo, from Zimbabwe, will teach African dance and share with the youth about her heritage.

Founded in the fall of 1998, the chorale includes members from London, Corbin, Jellico, and the immediate Williamsburg community. Its mission is to provide an intense and challenging choral music experience for singers with treble voices from the age of 6 through high school. Under the leadership of the University's Instructor of Music Dr. Laura Chipe, participants receive basic training in vocal production, music reading, and music history, while building a sense of committed musical community.

Admission to Sunday's concert is free. University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 116th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and 9 pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, non-traditional programs for adults. For more information, call the Music Department at 606-539-4332.