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Terre Haute Children’s Choir winter concert and spring auditions set

December 1, 2015

The Terre Haute Children's Choir winter concert is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Bayh College of Education's University Hall. The concert is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception with refreshments.

The Terre Haute Children's Choir offers three different choirs to accommodate the singing experiences of all children, ages 7 and up. Children may progress to the more advanced choirs through bi-annual auditions.

Spring auditions are 4:30-6 p.m. Jan. 13-15 in room 150 of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the Indiana State University campus.

"All children are placed in the choir after auditioning. It is an informal setting, and there is no need to worry," said Crystal Myers, the choir's coordinator.

Sing Up! is a choir intended for younger children, who have little formal training or performance experience. Each week is filled with games, songs and vocal exercises. These activities focus on building a love for vocal music and performance, while at the same time instilling solid vocal technique, music reading skills and an exposure to a wide variety of music from all around the world and throughout history.

Lyric Choir is an intermediate choir in which singers learn basic vocal production, singing in-tune, how to follow along in their music and how to blend with other singers to achieve a beautiful unison sound.

In Treble Choir, singers build on vocal technique and blending. They learn to harmonize through the use of two and three part music. Greater sight-singing skills are utilized.

Anita Gambill, the choir's artistic director, earned her bachelor's degree in music from California Baptist University. Her graduate study was in the field of marriage, family and child counseling at California State University-Fullerton.

During her career as a musician, Gambill has served as the director of music ministries at churches in California and Illinois as well as a music teacher in several schools. She has extensive experience as a choral conductor, studio singer and performer.

As a conductor, Gambill has directed numerous choirs, ensembles and orchestras for all ages. She was honored to be selected to direct the world premiers of several youth musical productions for the Christian music industry. She has served as both accompanist and musical director for the nationally known Christian Youth Theater, Christian Community Theater and several youth arts camps in San Diego.

Gambill has sung and recorded with professional ensembles and choirs, including caroling companies in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego, the San Diego Master Chorale and the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Early in her career, she toured throughout the United States and Asia with the Continental Singers, both as a singer and assistant director.

Janni Richards, lyric choir director, is a music educator with multiple degrees from Utah State University. Richards was the director for the Wasatch Children and Youth choirs for eight years. She is the co-founder for the music curriculum at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning. She has spent many years under the tutelage of Milton C. Anderson, music director for The Young Americans, Merrilee Webb, Craig Jessop and Larry Boye, vocal specialist for EPCOTT.

Richards has been the artistic musical director for many musicals at Heritage Community Theater in Perry, Utah. She has a passion for helping young singers find their strength in music. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryan, and their four kids in her spare time.

The choir meets 4:30-6 p.m. every Wednesday of the school year in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located on the Indiana State campus on the corner of 7th and Chestnut streets. Classes run Jan. 20-May 4. Fees are $140 for the spring semester. Sibling discounts and scholarships available. Uniform included in fee.

To view the spring schedule online, go to the Community School of the Arts' website at unboundedpossibilities.com/csa. Call the CSA office at 812-237-2528 if you would like to schedule an audition or for more information. Parking passes are available for purchase by students of the choir for $1 per semester and may be obtained through the office.

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Contact: Petra Nyendick, director of the Community School of the Arts, Indiana State University, 812-841-2884 or petra.nyendick@indstate.edu.