2013-02-07 / Lifestyles

Lake Effect Arts Center to start community choir

Jim Russey Jim Russey MANISTIQUE – The Lake Effect Community Arts recently announced the formation of a community choir. Jim Russey of Manistique, who is well versed in vocal performance, will serve as director.

Russey holds a DMA from the University of Michigan and has done degree work at Indian University and Western Michigan University. In addition to having been a professional tenor with the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers and Atlanta Symphony, he has also directed choirs at Armstrong State University and Augusta College where he was also chairman of vocal activities.

Membership in Lake Effect Community Arts is not required. The choir is open to everyone and no prior choral experience is required. Russey’s background is in vocal training and he recently said he looks forward to the opportunity to work with members of the group. His only request: participants enjoy singing.

“I only have two requests, do you like to sing and do you want to be a part?” said Russey. “Once we begin rehearsals, we will have the opportunity to fine tune pitch and sound.”

The first rehearsal will be on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Manistique High School music room. Music selections will include Homeward Bound, Dream, I Dreamed a Dream and My Favorite Things.

The Community Choir’s first performance will be in conjunction with the Manistique High School “Glee” on April 28.

Individuals interested in joining the choir or have additional questions can contact Marilyn Pitts- Johnson at 341-6815.

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