Acclaimed children’s choir to perform

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Troy Arts Council will present the Mobile Singing Children’s Choir in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Troy. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Mobile Singing Children’s Choir was added to the TAC’s calendar of events after the calendar was printed.

“We were contacted by the Mobile Singing Children’s Choir and asked if the Troy Arts Council would like to be included in the choir’s 35th Anniversary Alabama tour,” said John Jinright, TAC presenter chair. “We were honored to be asked.”

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Jinright said the Mobile Singing Children’s Choir is the Rolls-Royce of children’s choirs.

“You don’t hear a lot about the Mobile Singing Children’s Choir, but it is an unsung Alabama treasure,” he said. “The choir is a professionally trained children’s choir much like the Vienna Boys Choir except they are trained here in Alabama. We are excited that they wanted to come and sing for us.”

Jinright said the choir will offer something for everyone – fun songs, classical songs, American popular music and patriotic adaptations.

“Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this concert,” Jinright said. “Young children need to hear how trained children’s voices sound. It’s beautiful music.”

The Mobile Singing Children’s Choir was founded in 1977 by Bonnie Jean and Valrey Early. The first group of Mobile’s Singing Children was comprised of 20 to 25 singers, ages eight to 10 years old.

The program has expanded over the years to include four separate performing groups. The top groups tour extensively each year throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

They have performed at The Spoleto Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The White House, and for National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” a nationally syndicated radio program featuring the best of classical music’s young artists. They also provide special performances for various regional orchestras and opera company productions.