Durham Youth Choir Poised to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Durham Youth Choir Poised to Perform at Carnegie Hall

For 13 seasons, the Durham Children's Choir has provided a place for young people from across the community to join together in song

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The Durham Children’s Choir at First Presbyterian Church. Photo by Briana Brough

Since its founding 13 seasons ago, the Durham Children’s Choir has instructed hundreds of area singers and performs sacred and secular songs annually at events like Durham Community Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committee’s Unity March and Rally at First Presbyterian Church as well as Duke Chapel’s Blessing of the Animals and Christmas Eve services. The choir has traveled across North Carolina and the world, too.

The Durham Children’s Choir performs May 7 at 3 p.m. at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church. Auditions for next season will take place in May as well. Learn more at durhamchildrenschoir.org

“The Durham Children’s Choir was established to bring young people together in the community,” says artistic director Dena Byers, who has been with the group since its inception.

“Music is the vehicle that fosters leadership, a sense of self-worth, teamwork and pride.”

The upper division Bel Canto choir is currently 66 voices strong, representing fifth- to 10th-graders from 32 area schools. New this year is Cantare, the chorus’s non-auditioned preparatory choir for second- to fourth-graders. Bel Canto will visit the Big Apple in April, performing at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Indianapolis Children’s Choir’s Henry Leck.