The Statesboro Youth Chorale prepares for a summer demonstration concert

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Braz, Dr. Tamara Watson Harper, and Ms. Emily Kochetta, the Statesboro Youth Chorale will hold its summer demonstration concert this Thursday, July 21, at 6pm in the sanctuary of Pittman Park United Methodist Church.

Nearly 30 singers, ages 6-14, make up the two youth choirs in the chorale, and they have rehearsed weekly during a short summer session. The choirs will present a variety of songs during the concert, featuring well-known titles ranging from classical to folk to modern, with accompaniment by Diane Kessel on flute.

“Singing was so impacted by COVID, so the fact that the students are back together and singing is huge,” Harper said of the summer session. “They’re making music together, and it’s amazing. Some of the students have met best friends in the choir. They’ve had a great time this summer and are so talented.”

The young singers will be assisted by two student leaders, Sara Maria Maghiar, a rising high school senior, and Madison Patrick, a vocal performance major at Georgia Southern University.

“[The student leaders] are fantastic, and they’ve loved working with the choirs,” Harper added.

Harper leads the young singers in a summer practice (Photo Courtesy SYC)

Students in the Preparatory Choir include Nina Aurelio, Fletcher Copeland, Levi Copeland, Kailee Marshall, Adeline McDonald, Abby Mikell, Helen Mikell, Amayah Moore, Charlie Roemer, Henry Roemer, Amelia Scheetz, Keriana Smith, and Jo Snelling.

The Concert Choir includes Faith Collins, Hope Collins, Charley Copeland, Lennon H. Craig, Catherine Haddad, Seth Andrew Harn, James Jackson, Mia Kersey, Claire Mikell, Marian Elizabeth Robles, Lily Grace Smith, Amelia Thompson, Luke Watkins, Alex Williams, and Caitlynn Williams.

The entire community is invited to come out and enjoy this free concert.

SYC returns August 15
The Statesboro Youth Chorale will celebrate its 30th anniversary in the coming year, and regular practices will resume on August 15th and continue throughout the school year.

Preparatory Choir (ages 6-8) will meet Mondays from 4-5pm, and Concert Choir (ages 9-14) will follow from 4:30-6pm. The practice location is Pittman Park.

“We’re really looking forward to Youth Chorale continuing next year,” Harper said. “We invite your children to come and join in the fun!”

For more information on joining the Statesboro Youth Chorale, please contact Dr. Tamara Harper at (404) 918-5996 or or visit the SYC Facebook page.

Whitney Lavoie

Whitney Lavoie

Whitney Turner Lavoie is a Statesboro native and freelance writer/editor. She is an active volunteer with her children’s school PTO and Girl Scouts of America. Whitney previously worked in health communications...