Mercer Announces Formation of New Children's Choir
September 8, 2005

Denise Cook
(478) 301-2933

MACON, GA -- The Department of Music of Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts is establishing a new children's choir that will perform throughout Georgia and the continental United States. The Mercer Children's Choir is based on the model of first-level children's choirs, such as the Spivey Hall Children's Choir in Atlanta. The program includes two choirs: a Preparatory Choir for children ages 7-9, and a Concert Choir, which will tour, for children ages 10-15.
 
Dr. John Simons, associate professor of music at Mercer, will serve as conductor of the Mercer Children's Choir. Rehearsals will be held 4:15-5:45 p.m. every Thursday in the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer's Macon campus, 1400 Coleman Ave. Tuition for the choir is $150 per semester.
 
Auditions for both choirs will be held 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, and 9:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Choir Room (Room 110) of the McCorkle Music Building. Interested singers should come with a parent during one of the audition times, complete an audition form and complete a five-minute audition. Singers will be asked to sing a simple song, vocalize and sight-read a simple melody.  For more information, contact Dr. John Simons at (478) 301-4012 or simons_je@mercer.edu.
 
Mercer Department of Music
Mercer University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Mercer's College of Liberal Arts in Macon is home to the Department of Music, where musicianship and performance skills are nurtured within a liberal arts environment. Offering undergraduate and graduate music degree programs, the music faculty prepare students to emerge as professionals prepared for careers in performance, education, church music and arts administration.
 
Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as three regional academic centers. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. For 16 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South.
 
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