No audition is required; registration is open at www.mcmastersingers.org. Rehearsals will begin on Monday Feb. 4 at CBC for the four MY Choirs: Mid-Columbia Boys’ Choir, Mid-Columbia Girls’ Choir, Mid-Columbia Young Men's Choir, and Mid-Columbia Young Women’s Choir. Participants will have the opportunity to perform with the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and the Mid-Columbia Ballet.
Students who sing in choir outperform non-arts peers on the SATs and show a 20 percent increase in test scores in both language and math. By singing in choir, students learn to analyze problems, and to solve them in collaboration with colleagues to achieve a common goal.
Spring Session will be the second in the 2018-19 choir season, following the Fall Session in which participants performed with the Richland Players, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers adult choirs, and visiting special guests The African Children’s Choir. The Mastersingers Youth program grew out of the successes achieved by the Mid-Columbia Boys' Choir in the four years since its inception in 2014. As these boys aged and their voices began to change, demand arose for a Young Men’s Choir focused on the unique needs of this group. The expansion in Fall 2018 also introduced a long-sought-after Girls’ Choir, providing extracurricular choral opportunities for girls and young women as well.
MY Choir Directors Kurtis McFadden, JoLyn Glenn, Scott Wagnon, and Marianne Larsen also teach choir in the Pasco and Kennewick School Districts and in the community. Because of this, they highly value in-school music programs and encourage students to participate in school choir as their primary source of musical education. The programming offered by MY Choirs is meant to be supplemental to the curriculum taught in schools, and to provide additional performance opportunities as well as an alternative for students whose schools do not provide a choir group or whose schedules do not allow them to participate.
Mastersingers Youth (MY) Choirs is committed to accessibility, and offers an established, need-based financial aid program to ensure than any child who wants to sing in a MY Choir has the opportunity to do so. Tuition for Spring session is $40/month for four months, February through May, plus small fees for registration and uniform.