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Arin and Brynn, seen here at the Westmoreland Choral Society and Westmoreland Children's Chorus Family Christmas concert, have been members of the WCC for one year. According to their mother Ann, it is an enjoyable time for the girls. They find joy in making new friends and love singing the musical selections.
Ann finds the choir to be very important for children. Her girls always loved to sing, and by joining the choir they work on their singing abilities. "What is more precious than hearing children singing!!?!" Ann said. Ann's aunt attended the WCS Christmas Concert this year. She said she wasn't in the Christmas spirit until she heard the beautiful voices singing.
According to Tom Octave, Director of the Choral Society, singing in a chorus enables children to grow and develop as young musicians. It also gives them the lifelong experience of learning to work with others and within a community. The chorus at every level is an outstanding experience for children to learn, not only music, but more about themselves.
Ceil joined the Westmoreland Choral Society less than a year ago and is a wonderful addition to our Alto section.
She has always loved singing but finds choral harmonies particularly lovely and powerful. Ceil says the Choral Society allowed her to enjoy making music with a wonderful group of people. Being in such a large chorus allows her to sit right in the middle of that music, even as they are creating it. She finds it to be an overwhelming privilege. According to Ceil, the Westmoreland Choral Society enhances the cultural landscape of Greensburg--a city that truly appreciates the arts--by highlighting important choral works and inviting our neighbors to celebrate music with us as a community.
Meet Helen, a former music teacher and a member of the Westmoreland Choral Society since the day it began forty-one years ago. During those years, Helen describes singing with the Choral Society in one word - JOY! It is a joy for dedicated singers and musicians who make great music come alive and in turn pass the joy on to our audience.
Helen offers us these words: "People expressing themselves through the arts is a need, not a frill. And since the arts are longer the important part of education they once were, the arts in the community are an absolute necessity. TheWestmoreland Choral Society, which incorporates people of all ages and promotes the Westmoreland Children's Chorus, is a vital and necessary part of this community."