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Athens Schoolkids Featured in Chorus Festival

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The Athens Middle School Auditorium will fill with more than 90 voices for the 19th Annual Southeastern Ohio Children’s Chorus Festival on Saturday, March 15.

The festival is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Athens Children’s Chorus, an ensemble of the Athens Community Music School, and the Hocking County Children’s Chorus in Logan.

In addition to the local children’s choruses, the Con Brio Chorus from Worthington, Ohio, will participate as well.

The combined choirs will be under the direction of Kimberly Ruse Davidson, founding director of the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir (Roanoke, Va.). Under her direction, the choir has grown from 23 young singers at its founding in 1987 to a choral program including 285 children, ages eight-18, in four choirs.

Additionally, under Ms. Davidson’s direction, the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir has enjoyed many exciting performances including a joint concert with the United States Army Band, being chosen twice as the Official Choir of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, a featured solo choir twice at Carnegie Hall, and selected to sing at the 2008 and 2014 Southern Division ACDA Convention.

The Children’s Choir also performs regularly with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke.

The culminating performance of the Southeastern Ohio Children’s Chorus Festival will take place at 4pm in the Auditorium of Athens Middle School and is free and open to the public.

The festival is supported by the Athens Community Music School and the Ohio University College of Fine Arts.

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