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Southwest Childrens Chorus celebrates 10th season with tour

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Southwest Children’s Chorus, a community chorus for children in the Southwest Dallas/Northern Ellis County area, celebrated its Tenth Anniversary season with a Gala Dinner, Auction and Concert in April and a tour of Boston, Montreal, and New York City in July. "Our children have experienced the joy of singing in a choral setting and sharing their music with people all over the world in the past ten years," said Artistic Director Michael King.

"In this time of cutbacks in music programs in schools, our

chorus provides our coummunity with an opportunity for children to sing and perform quality music while they increase their self-esteem, see greater academic success, and become better citizens," King explained, citing the 2009 Chorus Impact Study from Chorus America.

The study states children who sing in choruses display enhanced social skills, substantiating earlier conclusions that singing in childhood is likely to have an enormous influence on the choices individuals make later in life.

Additionally, both parents and educators attribute a significant proportion of a child’s academic success to singing in a choir, reporting increased self-confidence, self-discipline and memory skills and being better participants in group activities and having better emotional expression and control.

"Southwest Children’s Chorus is fun and educational, but you work hard at it. You learn how to sing, but by being in a choir, you get to be with your friends rather than just taking voice lessons by yourself," said Natalie Keylon, third year chorus member.

Natalie’s younger sister, Malorie, joined the chorus this year and agrees that it is fun

and "you learn a lot about music and posture."

The girls’ mom, Susie Keylon appreciates the life lessons that her children are learning in the chorus.

"They are learning time management and gaining maturity while having fun with music. I see their overall development being enhanced through choir membership.

"When I read the Chorus Impact Study, I felt that I already knew deep down that those things were happening with my children!"

Southwest Children’s Chorus will be having auditions for the 2009-10 season from Aug. 24 through Sept.10 for children entering the 2nd through 6th grades .

To schedule an audition, call 214-649-3231 or email info@swchildrenschorus.org, and to learn more about the chorus, visit www.swchildrenschorus.com.

The full report of the 2009 Chorus Impact Study can be found at www.chorusamerica.org.

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