The Norman Transcript


April 6, 2012

Children’s Chorus to perform Saturday

NORMAN — When the Norman Children’s Chorus formed in 1992 Becky Clinton wasn’t focused too much on the future.

Now 20 years later, Clinton, a co-founder of the choir with Angela Broeker, is preparing to celebrate the choir’s 20 years educating children on choral music during a special alumni concert.

“I think it’s really an honor to have worked with all of these children all of these years and to be able to provide for them something that will be with them the rest of their lives — to instill in them the love of good choral music,” Clinton, executive director, said.

A product of Clinton’s vision, the choir is a non-profit coed choral program for children in grades 3rd through 8th, and includes two choirs within the program.

Though the Descant Choir is a training choir for children 3rd grade and up with unchanged voices, and Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir for 5th to 8th grades, both focus on developing a unison sound and developing music theory knowledge.

Choir members rehearse once a week, Clinton said, and receive training in sightseeing, ear training, as well as gain mastery with rhythms, harmony and musical terms. And of course, foster a love for music.

“It teaches them discipline and the ability be part of the group, to know what it means to be a part of a group and have other people depend on you to do your part,” she said on how being part of a chorus can be an educational experience for children. “Choral singing is a team effort and when one person is missing the whole group suffers so you learn responsibility to others.”

Sandy Knudson, artistic director, said the students make quite the transformation over the years as they rehearse and perform in various community performances.

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