Youth sought for WHO choir

Whether they’re from Fort Frances, International Falls, or anywhere else in the area, young singers are wanted for a children’s community choir that will perform at the World Health Organization’s 11th-annual Conference on Safe Communities here in May.
Those interested are urged to attend a meeting next Tuesday (Feb. 19) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Mary’s Church, organizer Diane Maxey said.
“I want a community choir of children,” she noted yesterday. “This meeting is really just to get things started, to see what kind of interest there is in it.”
Maxey said she’s looking for youth from aged eight up to high school students to participate in the choir, which likely will perform during the opening and closing ceremonies of the conference (May 7 and 9) at the Memorial Sports Centre.
“I think it would be wonderful,” said Maxey, who previously has organized the Christmas cantata at St. Mary’s.
“They say music is the universal language. Even if the audience doesn’t understand the words, the message gets across,” she added.
Ideally, Maxey would like to see 100 choir members. “But the more, the merrier,” she said, adding that while it is to be a youth choir, she won’t turn away adults singers who might want to be involved.
And while the conference may only be three days long, Maxey hopes the idea of a children’s community choir will catch on and become a permanent fixture here.