The Virginia Children’s Chorus is looking for kids who love to sing

(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Children's Chorus)
(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Children’s Chorus)

NORFOLK — Start doing warm-up scales now because auditions for the Virginia Children’s Chorus are coming up quickly.

About 100 children are currently enrolled to perform in one of the program’s four choirs and they’d love to add at least 30 more, said Grace Parkinson, the organization’s executive director.

Children from grades 1 to 12 can audition at the program’s Norfolk location on Aug. 17, 19, and 20 for the upcoming season — they also have a rehearsal location in Virginia Beach.

And, Parkinson said she wouldn’t mind expanding the hours of the audition if needed to accommodate more children.

“All they have to do is memorize one verse of each song, be comfortable, and sing their heart out,” Parkinson said.

Audition songs depend on the child’s grade-level — first through third graders audition Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Happy Birthday, and Mary Had A Little Lamb while 10th through 12th graders can choose a song that shows their range.

Unlike other comparable programs, Parkinson said the Virginia Children’s Chorus is not recital-based but provides opportunities for “really interesting performance possibilities.”

In previous years, the children’s chorus has performed at Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday POPS!” concert and with Virginia Arts Festival.

“They loved the Virginia International Tattoo with the comrade backstage and meeting people from other countries,” she said.

While there is a $50 registration fee, uniform fees, and tuition due for children who make the chorus, need-based scholarships and payment plans are available.

“We’d love to give away that money for children who love to sing,” Parkinson said.

For more information about the Virginia Children’s Chorus or to sign-up for an audition, click here.

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