Auditions open for children’s choir

Auditions for a local children’s choir will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 7-12 in the Kerr McGee Community Center.

Children must arrive with their parents, prepared to perform one or two songs. Musical Director David Livianu said he will select the best 100-200 young people to participate in the choir representing children in the Indian Wells Valley.

“You never know where the next Salina Gomez will come from,” said Livianu, a graduate of Julliard School and music teacher at Ridgecrest Charter School.

“What will distinguish and set apart this children’s chorus is that all the children will also get a high dose of music education,” he said. “The children will not only become great singers but also learn to read and write music.”

Children will learn a repertoire of American patriotic, children’s classical, popular and cultural music of the world. Rehearsals will begin in September.

“The second goal is to bring cultural diversity and pride to the families and quality music education and artistic exposure for the children living in the Indian Wells Valley,” said Livianu.

“The third goal is to alleviate a music education anomaly — there is no music education instruction in any of the six elementary public schools of the Sierra Sands Unified School District,” he said.

“About 2,000 young people, K-5, are at a deficit and have no exposure to a formalized music course in their early formative years, which has longterm implications in their artistic and cognitive development.

“Also, there is a schism in the continuum of music education preparation for middle- and high-school, as children are not grade-level-ready to perform in a chorus, band or orchestra, which creates enormous challenges for the music teachers.”

Story First Published: 2018-04-27