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December 2nd, 2009
Community invited to Hill Country Youth Chorus holiday concert

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos residents are invited to a holiday concert by the Hill Country Youth Chorus at Texas State University’s School of Music at 2 p.m. Dec. 6. The program will be held at the San Marcos High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

The event is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The youth chorus will sing holiday songs in the lobby before the concert, and will then join the Texas State Women’s Choir in Ding Dong Merrily on High.

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, said Lynn Brinckmeyer, artistic director of the chorus and Texas State University School of Music faculty member.

“The innocent, beautiful sound of children singing will usher in the holiday spirit. The Hill Country Youth Chorus is made up of 40 talented local youth from Hays and surrounding counties,” Brinckmeyer said of the chorus, which is hosted by the university’s music school.

“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 executive assistant director Abby Brown; artistic assistant director Corrie Box and pianist Sally Strange.

The Arts Resource Team, chaired by 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.

For information, contact Brinckmeyer by e-mail at
lbrinckmeyer@txstate.edu.

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