UT Community Music Program adds Youth Jazz Orchestra and Children's Choir

Daily Dose  |  12/28/2017 9:00 am

The University of Toledo Department of Music Community Music Program will be adding two community ensembles—the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio and the UT Youth Jazz Orchestra. The Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio is an existing community choir that will come under the wing of the UT Community Music Program, while the Youth Jazz Orchestra is a completely new creation.

The UT Youth Jazz Orchestra will be directed by Ben Wolkins, jazz trumpet instructor at the University. Interested high school students should sign up online on the UT Department of Music web site under the Community Music Program tab, and attend the informational meeting with their parents, Wednesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the UT Center for Performing Arts Room 2024 (parking is free in Area 12 across the street from the CPA). The cost to participate in the YJO is $60, which covers all music and instruction. No fees are due until the first rehearsal, January 31. Details available at http://www.utoledo.edu/al/svpa/music/communitymusic/youthjazzorchestra.html

Chair of the UT Department of Music, Dr. Jason Stumbo, said that there has been great interest in a community ensemble in jazz for high school students. “We also have tremendously talented jazz faculty and a solid program in which community ensembles can flourish, our Community Music Program. So, we felt this was great fit for us. We’re excited to bring this jazz performance opportunity to the youth our community.”

Dr. Stumbo said that the founder and current director of the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio – Lisa Allemen - is retiring from her post but will continue through this spring, after which a new director will be hired. Founded in 2006 by Ms. Allemen, the CCofNWO is a community-based treble voice children’s chorus open to all children in grades 3-10 in the Northwest Ohio area. The program's mission is to provide an enrichment experience for those children who have a talent and interest in singing and desire an opportunity to sing in a children’s choir.  More information about the choir and how to join can be found on its website - http://www.ccofnwo.org 

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