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Chastain Young Singers Children’s Choir Forming

August 25, 2014

Chastain Young Singers ChoirA new music appreciation program for elementary school kids is currently forming in the Northside area. The Chastain Young Singers is a community choir for children grades 1-5, and kids do not need choir experience to join in. All are welcome to participate.

“The Chastain Young Singers choir will be all about impression, expression, and inspiration. In other words, rehearsals will be conducted with performances in mind, but will also include an introduction to orchestral and instrumental music, hand chimes, percussion, and keyboard instruments, drama and choreography,” said George Butler, who will serve as the music director for the newly formed choir.

An organization and registration meeting will take place on Sunday, September 7 at 5 p.m., and parents or responsible adults are encouraged to be present to sign their children up, and to learn about the new program. “This session from 5 to 6 pm will include enrollment, orientation, expectations, rehearsal, performance schedule and other vital information. All children who arrive without a grown-up will be given a free puppy!” teased Mr. Butler, who has formed other successful children’s choirs, drawing young voices from different neighborhoods and experience levels to create both fun and melody with music.

The Chastain Young Singers will rehearse at St. John United Methodist Church, where Mr. Butler serves as the Minister of Music. However, he stresses that kids are from all backgrounds or affiliations are welcome. This will be a community choir, open to all. The young singers will enjoy learning both sacred and secular music in a beautiful church setting, including accompaniment with pipe organ, a Steinway piano, and strings. Participants are encouraged to bring their enthusiasm for music, regardless of their faith system.  

“Kids naturally love music, and they love to learn how to sing it and play it,” enthused Mr. Butler, “Which is why I know this will be a successful ensemble, without a single audition!”

George Butler understands the youthful passion for music because he experienced this himself. He took up the cello at 12, and performed with a national youth symphony at Carnegie Hall at only 17 years of age. He loves all types of music, from Gospel to Bluegrass to classical. In addition to his responsibilities as a music director, he has served on the faculty at the Lovett School, and is a professional musician who performs with several classical quartets around the country.

St. John Church is located at 550 Mt. Paran Road in Sandy Springs, two miles west of Roswell Road near Chastain Park. Mr. Butler can be contacted at 678-462-4350 for additional details.

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