The Amarillo Youth Choirs organization will present its Spring Concert at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Buchanan, on May 5, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. This concert is open to the public and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under. All six Amarillo Youth Choirs, Inc. ensembles will perform at the concert. Music being performed will include selections such as Pergolesi’s “Alleluia! Jubilate!” and Aaron Copland’s "Simple Gifts.” Pizzazz, Amarillo Girl Choir’s showchoir, will sing selections from “Sister Act” and Spotlight, Amarillo Boy Choir’s showchoir, will perform “American Pop” and “Back to the Fifties”.
The Amarillo Youth Choirs, a non-profit organization, originated in the fall of 1989 with the Amarillo Boy Choir and consisted of boys with unchanged voices from Amarillo and the Panhandle area. The Amarillo Girl Choir was established for the fall of 2001. Membership is by audition only, based not only on musical ability but also on the desire to learn and perform. Auditions for the 2013-2014 season are scheduled for May 8-9, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen United Methodist Church located at 4600 S. Western.
Presently, the organization consists of 238 young voices making up the choirs of the Amarillo Boy Preparatory Choir, the Amarillo Boy Concert Choir, the Amarillo Girl Concert Choir, the Amarillo Girl Preparatory Choir, Spotlight, and Pizzazz. The choirs are under the direction of Artistic Director Jerry D. Perales, Accompanist Dr. Noel-Paul Laur, and Assistant Artistic Director Kip White.
In March, the Amarillo Boy Concert Choir traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii where the choir gave a stirring patriotic performance at Pearl Harbor as well as performed for descendants of Hawaiian royalty in a special service held at the Kawaiaho Church. The Amarillo Girl Concert Choir has plans to travel to England to perform at the Cantebury Cathedral as well as other notable England locations in March 2014.
Donations are always welcome through the annual gift-giving program called “Prodigy”, to assist the children in their musical endeavors. The Spring Concert is supported by Lois K. Hull, St. Stephen United Methodist Church, TNT Properties, the Arts Committee of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, members of “Prodigy”, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Plan to attend Amarillo Youth Choirs’ final concert of the season. The performance is guaranteed to leave audience members excited about today’s youth and the future of the arts in the Amarillo area. Tickets may be purchased from an Amarillo Youth Choirs member or at the Amarillo Youth Choirs’ office, located at 203 W. 8th, Suite 303, (806) 372-1100.