Youngsters will raise voices to help food bank
The San Marcos community is invited to welcome the spring through song as the local young singers of the Hill Country Youth Chorus present their end-of-the-year concert with the Texas Lutheran Youth Choir at the First Lutheran Church in San Marcos at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
The feature piece on the program will be the Peace Mass by Bob Chilcott.
The concert is free to the public, but the members of choir encourage attendees to bring a sack or box of non-perishable food to donate to the Hays County Food Bank.
Each spring. the choir collects food for the food bank as one way to give back to the community.
Prospective choristers are invited to come hear the young men and women sing. “Founded in 2005, this professional children’s chorus featuring local children ages 7-16 exhibits the beauty of children’s voices with local youth from San Marcos and the surrounding communities in Hays County,” Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, artistic director of the chorus and Texas State University School of Music faculty member, said.
“These students continue to amaze me in their ability to sing with a tone and musical maturity beyond their years,” she said. “The Hill Country Youth Chorus is made up of approximately 40 talented local youth from Hays and surrounding counties,” said Brinckmeyer.
The Texas State University School of Music hosts the chorus and the choir rehearses in the music building on Monday evenings throughout the academic year.
“The program serves boys and girls from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, with a curriculum that equips these young artists with the musical skills that enable them to seek the highest artistic standards in performances of challenging music,” she said.
Brinckmeyer also teaches courses in choral music education and directs the Texas State Women’s Choir. Brinckmeyer is assisted by Abigail Brown, executive assistant director; Katie Hines, Texas State University student intern; and Danton Bankay, the accompanist.
The Hays County area has always strongly supported quality choral opportunities in San Marcos and surrounding communities.
The Arts Resource Team, chaired by Dr. Bob Whalin, founded The Hill Country Youth Chorus in 2005 as a way to develop and support youth by providing quality choral opportunities.
“The Hill Country Youth Chorus provides youth with a choral music experience where successive levels of high artistic achievement and performance are fostered in participants,” Brinckmeyer said, adding that the chorus is also intended to supplement and enhance the music training students receive in school.
Contact the choir by logging on to: www.txstatechoirs.org/hill-country-youth-chorus. Donate directly to the Hill Country Youth Chorus or schedule a performance by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.