Youth Chorus to Perform Annual Spring Concert

The Quincy Area Youth Chorus will perform their annual Spring Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 in Trinity United Church of Christ, 2020 S. 24th St.

The Kinderchor, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will sing a mixture of secular and sacred songs in a variety of styles.

The Kinderchor, which includes singers in grades three through six, is conducted by Jessi Sparks and accompanied by Laura Kammerer. Their performance features “Rhythm of the Rain,” an exciting piece that uses both voices and instruments to imitate the falling rain. “David’s Golden Harp,” a blend of two traditional spirituals, “Little David, Play on your Harp” and “Oh, Lord, I want Two Wings, ” is vibrant and exciting! “Al’Shlosha D’varim” is a lyrical setting of a popular maxim from Jewish morality laws translated to mean: “The world is sustained by three things: by truth, by justice and by peace.”

The Concert Choir, singers in grades seven through 12, are conducted by Paul Shelor and accompanied by Mary Shelor. Their performance includes a Canadian folk song, “Tishialuk Girls” and a clever arrangement of “Three Blind Mice.”  Other works will be “All Ye Who Music Love,” “Bumble Bee,” “When Jesus Wept” and “Weep No More.”

The Chamber Choir, an auditioned group chosen from the Concert Choir, will perform “Fire, Fire” by the English madrigalist Thomas Morley as well as Allen Keopke’s “And Nature Smiled.”

Free-will donations will be collected at the door and are greatly appreciated. There will be a reception at the church following the performance.

Auditions for both choirs are held three times a year; the next audition will be May 7 at Christ Lutheran Church. Auditions may be scheduled by calling 217-222-2856. Tuition is free for students with financial need.  The QAYC is funded in part by Encore! Symphony Volunteer  Council, the Tracy Family Foundation, the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund, the Jayne & Leroy Boeckelman Fund for Young Musicians, the Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts, the Alan L. Stiegemeier and Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Charitable Fund through the Community Foundation and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.