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Keene Youth Chorus is Expanding

Location: New Hampshire, USA
Choir type: Children's and Youth Choirs
March 20, 2016
Dear Friends,
I am thrilled to announce that the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs will be expanding again this fall! Currently, we offer 4 choirs in Peterborough under the direction of Maria Belva, and 1 in Keene under my leadership. We will be expanding in Keene! The second choir, which will temporarily be named KYC*2 until the singers themselves name the ensemble, will also be under my directorship.
We are pleased to announce our choral expansion in Keene! In its first year, the Keene Youth Chorus is serving children in grades 2 through 5, with 40 singers coming from 9 different towns in VT and NH. Because we have experienced so much interest from the community, we have decided to offer an additional section of KYC starting in the fall of 2016 for children in grades 5 through 8 (temporarily named KYC*2). The current Keene Youth Chorus will still be offered in the fall to children in grades 2 through 4.
This choral opportunity offers a chance for young singers to build self-confidence, leadership, and independence, strengthen musical literacy, and illuminate our communities as ambassadors in our region. The singers will experience lively weekly rehearsals including both movement and singing, and will culminate in performance. Our choir will enrich the choral and musical education the children receive in school and at home.
Auditions for the Keene Youth Chorus and KYC*2 will be held in June, and will be open to all children entering grades 2 through 8 in the fall of 2016.
Please email or call for more information, and feel free to spread the word!
Esther Rhoades
Esther Ruth Holland Rhoades has been immersed in choral music since childhood, which inspired her to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Music from the University of Delaware. While at UD, she was the student assistant choral director of the internationally renowned University of Delaware Chorale under the direction of Dr. Paul D. Head. She has also received training at Westminster Choir College. After graduation, she taught public high school chorus and music classes at both Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville, VT and ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH. Additionally, Esther was the Assistant Artistic Director and Conductor of the Children’s Chorus of Springfield in Massachusetts.
Esther has been active in the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) since 2005. She has been on the directorship boards in Delaware, Vermont, and is now serving as Past-President for the NH chapter of ACDA. When Esther is not making music, you can find her knee deep in chocolate chip cookies, biking, taking photographs, or writing comics.
Esther is the proud mother of Hazel, born October, 2012, Theia, born September 2014, and wife of Jason.
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