A new choir is coming to Okotoks.

The Foothills Philharmonic Society is starting a children's choir called the Foothills Philharmonic Junior Singers. 

The choir will be open to kids aged 6-12 and is intended primarily to give them a place to sing.

"This is a brand-new community children's choir for kids ages about 6-12," says Jeff Hibberd, Conductor, Musical Director, and Founder of the Junior Singers. "And it is designed to, basically, provide an outlet for all of those kids who want a place to sing and might not really have one."

While some schools have choirs, others don't, which leaves a lot of children without a place to sing.

"We want to provide a place for them to not just sing with other kids their own age, but develop their skills as musicians. To grow into that musical mindset of what it means to be a singer in a group, what it means to work as a team with people, and what it means to be able to get up on stage," explains Hibberd. 

There are no auditions required to join the Junior Singers. Hibberd says that all skill levels are encouraged to join.

"I'm more interested in bringing this to as many people as I can, and helping them develop their skills as musicians."

There are two age groups; one for kids aged 6-7, and another for kids aged 8-12.

The program runs for roughly three months and will include 12 rehearsals and several performances.

Rehearsals will be held every Thursday night at the Grace Lutheran Church in Okotoks, and begin January 18, 2024. 

Check out the Foothills Philharmonic Society website for more information.

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