Announcing auditions for colibrí children’s choir

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Auditions for the colibrí children’s choir will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator (601 N. Main).  No appointment is needed.  For those unable to come at this time, please call 956.307.6074 to arrange an alternate time. First rehearsal will be Sunday, September 9, 2018.

The colibrí children’s choir is a community, auditioned treble choir for students in first through tenth grade. Students are selected on the basis of their aural and vocal potential, their desire to sing, their ability to learn quickly and their willingness to work hard. Children from public, private, parochial, charter, and home schools meet Sunday afternoons for rehearsals and musicianship classes, which are designed to teach music literacy. The choir performs at least two concerts each year at the McAllen Creative Incubator and has appeared at McAllen’s Christmas in the Park and Fourth of July programs, at Quinta Mazatlán, Edinburg’s Scenic Wetlands, and St. George’s International Festival. The choir meets in the Gallery of the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main Street.

A $20 registration fee is required at the time of audition.

Information on the audition process, rehearsal and concert schedule, and tuition is at www.colibrimusic.org

Carol J. Brown, director of colibrí music studio and children’s choir, was a music specialist in McAllen ISD for 18 years, at IDEA Quest for 4 years, and at Stuart Place Elementary in Harlingen for 4 years. She has taught general music preK-6 and conducted a select choir. Her Navarro Children’s Choir twice appeared at state and national music teachers conventions in San Antonio, Texas.

She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas – Austin and a Master of Music Education from Indiana University – Bloomington where she also studied Folklore and Ethnomusicology. She earned a Two-Year Diploma from the Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, and she studied horn at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Each summer she teaches in the Kodály certification program at Portland State University. She plays horn with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and South Texas Lyric Opera. Ever since her work with Dr. Mary Goetze and the Indiana University Children’s Choir, Ms. Brown has been passionate about teaching children to sing.