There is no age requirement for sharing one’s talent, and the Mercer University Children’s Choir is proof.
Dr. Richard Kosowski, director of graduate studies and a professor of voice at Mercer’s Townsend School of Music, is currently leading the choir in preparation for their annual “Sing & Rejoice!” holiday concert.
This December, the 60 artistically-motivated young members of the choir will use their voices to retell the story of Christmas in song, poetry and biblical readings.
The members of the Mercer University Children’s Choir are chosen from a wide pool of applicants after three auditions. Only 60 children — dynamically ranging in age, education and cultural backgrounds — are selected to join the choir. This will be MUCC’s 11th season and the fifth time the choir has performed the “Sing and Rejoice!” concert.
“Particularly exciting about this concert is that there will be a number of songs that feature our choristers accompanying the choir instrumentally on brass, woodwind and percussion instruments,” Kosowski said. The choir referred to here is MUCC’s Touring Choir, composed of older and more vocally developed choristers.
At the “Sing & Rejoice!” concert, the musical selections will be as diverse as the musicians performing them. The songs originate from the 15th-21st centuries and are written in a variety of languages, including English, German, French, Latin and even the Native American dialect of the Huron-Wendat nation.
The “Sing & Rejoice!” concert encourages families to come together and experience the talents of the choir while enjoying each other’s company this holiday season.
“Sing & Rejoice!” will take place on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. or Dec. 13 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and $40 for an entire family, and all of the event’s proceeds will go toward the MUCC’s Scholarship fund.