Emo choir set to start rehearsing

The Emo Centennial Choir will be starting rehearsals to prepare for its seventh-annual Christmas concert this coming Monday (Sept. 19) at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.
Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the first rehearsal to follow at 7. There is a small cost to cover the cost of the music.
Rehearsals will run there each Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks.
The final concert tentatively has been scheduled for the second Monday of December at 7:30 p.m.
The choir, which generally consists of 30-35 members, first began in December, 1998 to kick-off Emo’s centennial celebrations which took place all through 1999 (hence our name).
We staged both Christmas and Easter concerts throughout 1999, and it has continued.
“I’m very excited to begin rehearsals once again,” said conductor Renee Martin-Brown. “We will be preparing 10 selections of different styles of music, so there will be something for everyone.
“The choir is always looking for new members so if you like to sing, we would love to have you come and share your talents with us,” she added.
No experience is necessary—just the desire to want to sing and be part of a dynamic group of people. Anyone over the age of eight is welcome.
“I’m always overwhelmed by the number of people who come out and join our group,” noted Martin-Brown. “[But] we are always in need of more tenors and basses, so ladies and gentlemen come on out and join us.
“We will be singing all new pieces this year, bringing both excitement and new challenges,” she enthused.
Martin-Brown has been the director of the Emo Centennial Choir since its inception in 1998. She also is a local piano and voice instructor, as well as a solo performer and accompanist.
She also is the director of River Theatre, a summer musical theatre workshop for children aged eight-14 established in 2002.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Emo Centennial Choir, contact Martin-Brown at 482-3055.

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