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December 16, 2011 > Tri-City Children's Choir presents A Holiday Concert

Tri-City Children's Choir presents A Holiday Concert

By Patsy Ledbetter

The new Tri-City Children's Choir is celebrating the season and welcomes the community to their first concert on December 18. Formed in September, the choir offers residents in Fremont, Newark, and Union City a chance to sing in a choral setting. Artistic Director and Producer Jennifer Carini has been directing children's choirs since 1993 and is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. The choir consists of twelve singers between the ages of seven and twelve years old. They are enjoying every minute of this new experience.

Carini shares, "I am pleased with how the choir represents the Tri-City area with its multicultural emphasis. The children have beautiful voices and are excited to sing."

Songs from many cultures and traditions are sung in rehearsal, as well as traditional choral and pop music. "My goal is to have a children's choir that represents the diversity of the Tri-Cities," says Carini. "I want the kids to experience the joy of singing in a choir. I want kids to learn to love music. I am excited to teach all kinds of choral music to my students, especially music that relates to my students' backgrounds and culture."

In these difficult economic times when arts programs are the first to go, Carini firmly believes in the power and necessity of music. "Music is extremely important for children to have in their lives. Many school districts have chosen to cut music programs, and this leaves a lot of children lacking in music education. It is important that children have an opportunity to learn about the beautiful things in life, like music. Music brings people together, it helps kids' test scores rise, it brings people joy. It is up to our community, now more than ever, to offer music opportunities for our children. This is why I began the Tri-City Children's Choir."

There are no tryouts for the choir; all who want to sing are welcome. "Kids should get involved in the choir because it is fun to sing, and they will learn how to sing with proper technique in a choral situation. The choir is non-auditioned and is low stress on families, says Carini. The cost of tuition is $50 per month, with a 10 percent discount for each participating sibling. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Anne's Episcopal Church. "New members can join at any time!" Carini says. "The first rehearsal is always free, so that the child and the parents can see if the choir is right for them."

The upcoming holiday concert is guaranteed to delight and inspire all in attendance. It will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on Driscoll Road in Fremont. The concert will feature a combination of holiday songs, in addition to many others of various genres. The children will sing songs from Mexico, Africa, and Russia. A special Hanukkah song will be sung in English. It is sure to fascinate everyone. Gather your friends and family and make this special concert an experience you won't soon forget.

For questions about the concert or the Tri-City Children's Choir, contact Jennifer Carini at
(510) 461-7478.

A Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 18
2 p.m.
St. Anne's Episcopal Church
2791 Driscoll Rd., Fremont
(510) 461-7478

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