On Saturday night, May 4, Masterworks Chorale presented its final concert of the season, “Music of the Big Band Era,” featuring guest band “Still Swinging” and the Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale. At the concert, Newnan Mayor Keith Brady presented CMYC’s director, Millie Lanier Turek, with an official invitation to CMYC to represent Newnan in a cultural exchange with sister city Ayr, Scotland, in June of 2014. The request came from the Coweta Cultural Arts Commission.
The CMYC is a newly formed community youth chorale of auditioned young singers with unchanged treble voices. Their age range is 9-14, and they are all outstanding members of their school choirs. The group began in September of 2012 with sponsorship from the Masterworks Chorale (directed by Kathy Bizarth) and the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County (managed and directed by Don Nixon).
The young singers have worked hard to establish an advanced community children’s choir. In its first year, the choir performed in the Masterworks holiday concert in December, attended the Vienna Boy Choir performance at the Centre, presented a children’s choir workshop to local elementary choruses, and completed their inaugural season with a performance of American musical genres, swing and jazz, at the “Music of the Big Band Era” concert on May 4. They rehearse once a week for two hours at Newnan First United Methodist Church.
As the CMYC wishes to accept the invitation to Scotland, they are looking to increase in number.
“We are currently searching to find the most talented and enthusiastic young singers in the area to add to our group,” said Turek, the group’s founder and director. “This is such an incredible opportunity for musically gifted young people to come together and not only take their love of music to the next level, but have an amazing educational travel experience as well.”
The CMYC will spend next season preparing music of American genres and origins and music with Scottish influences to share with the citizens of Ayr.
Parents of young singers interested in auditioning for the group can visit the CMYC website for audition information at www.cmychorale.com.
Auditions will be held by appointment at the Centre on May 16 and May 28, 2013, and will include students wishing to be a part of the Scotland trip as well as those who want to be members of the CMYC but not go on the trip. To schedule an audition, email Millie Turek now at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults who wish to sing with the Masterworks Chorale for next season can call 770-846-8278 to schedule an audition by appointment. For more information, visit Masterworkscommunitychorale.com.