Marquette Symphony Orchestra organizing youth choir

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette Symphony Orchestra invites area youth ages 11-14 to participate in a special choral ensemble for its Family Pops Concert on Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Kaufman Auditorium.

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is organizing another youth choir (WLUC image).

Under the baton of Maestro Octavio Más-Arocas, the youth choir will perform selections from one of Aaron Copland’s most popular works, Old American Songs. The group will rehearse on Monday evenings in January and February from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Northern Michigan University, under the direction of Dr. Robert Engelhart of the NMU Music Department, with assistance from area music teachers and NMU music education students.

An organizational meeting will be held prior to the holidays on December 9, and regular Monday rehearsals will run from January 6 through February 17. Final rehearsals with the MSO will be on Thursday, February 20, Friday, February 21, and Saturday morning, February 22.

In addition to strong musical abilities, overall maturity and reliability are required. To enroll, parents or guardians should: 1) request an email recommendation from the student’s school music teacher (or equivalent if home-schooled) and 2) send an email with student name, age, grade, school, and music teacher, verifying that the student will attend all rehearsals.

Both emails must be received by Dr. Engelhart at rengelha@nmu.edu by Wednesday, December 4. Parents or teachers are encouraged to contact Dr. Engelhart for more information.