Coweta chorale to perform in Ayr, Scotland
by Wes Mayer
For the first time since its sister city relationship was formed, Newnan will have the opportunity to send a children’s choir to perform in Ayr, Scotland.
The sister city program between Newnan and Ayr began in 1997, and was established so citizens from both countries could learn new cultures and gain from educational opportunities. In the last 16 years, the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra has performed in Newnan three times, and now Newnan’s Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale has been invited to perform in Ayr in June 2014.
The youth chorale is being orchestrated by Millie Turek, a retired teacher who taught middle and high school chorus for Clayton and Fayette Public County Schools. To represent Coweta County, Turek is hoping to bring together a chorus of 30 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 with unchanged (treble) voices. She will be accepting scheduled auditions until Aug. 12, when the new season begins.
“I don’t expect anyone to come with a high performance skill,” Turek said. “They just need to come with a strong desire and work ethic and must love to sing. That’s where we get started.”
Turek said, so far, 18 children have joined the chorale.
Last week was the chorale’s summer camp at the Newnan Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, where the boys and girls could learn singing skills and practice sight-singing and pitch-matching. The chorus will be preparing traditional American music such as jazz, swing and classical music, and it will also prepare music of Scottish heritage for its performance next year.
Until then, Turek will hold rehearsals every Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the First United Methodist Church on Greenville Street.
To schedule an audition, email Millie Turek at CMYChorale@gmail.com.
“We are looking for the best in Coweta County,” Turek said. “This is a great educational opportunity to learn new music, languages and styles of singing.”