Choir Program Established for Home-Schooled Students in Grades 4-8

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Eastern Kentucky University’s Stephen Collins Foster Academy for Musical Excellence (FAME) has created a Home School Choir program, which is open to home school students at elementary school-level (grades 4-8) throughout the central Kentucky region.

EKU senior music major Mark Fields will direct the choir, and rehearsals will be held Thursday mornings at Red House Baptist Church in Richmond.

An informational meeting about the choir will be held at the church on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. Students and guardians unable to attend can also learn more at the first rehearsal the following Thursday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m.

 “We are very excited about the Home School Choir,” said Dr. Rachel Taylor, who coordinates FAME programs and activities. “This program will provide an important resource to the home school community by offering an excellent musical experience for the students. Mark Fields is a very promising young choral conductor.  The kids will be very excited to work with him.”

Fields, a Hazard native, plans to teach chorus and general music at a middle school or high school in a central Kentucky and continue to serve as music director for the FAME Choir.

“I am so excited to work with this group of singers,” Fields said. “The FAME Choir presents such a unique opportunity for home school students to learn about music, vocal technique and performance etiquette, while providing a chance for young musicians to build friendships, work together as an ensemble and to have fun!”

The mission of FAME, an outreach program of EKU’s Department of Music, is to provide high-quality musical education to pre-college age students in Eastern’s service area. In addition to the Home School Choir, FAME provides private lessons in piano, guitar, strings and voice, as well as group music lessons.  For more information, contact Taylor at rachel.taylor@eku.edu.

Published on January 13, 2011