Augusta Children's Chorale preparing for April 29 auditions

Linda Bradberry isn’t looking for polished performers.

“I’m not looking for the next ‘Annie.’ I want to see what the singer can do. They don’t have to prepare a piece,” said Bradberry, the director of the Augusta Children’s Chorale, which is holding auditions by appointment on April 29. “I’m looking for potential.”

The audition tests the children’s vocal ability and their sense of rhythm.

The chorale accepts children in third through eighth grades. The younger, less experienced singers form the Da Capo training choir while the more experienced singers make up the chorale. Chorale members sometimes remain in the group through high school.

There are about 38 chorale members.

“Between 30 and 50 is a good size,” Bradberry said.

Founded in 1991, the chorale typically performs twice a year. The spring concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Bradberry said this will be the chorale’s first concert in First Baptist’s new chapel, and she’s excited about that.

Another concert will be held in the fall. The spring concert offers prospective chorale members a chance to see what the chorale does.

The group performed in Spain last summer and will present pieces they performed there in addition to The Lord is My Shepherd (the theme from BBC’s Vicar of Dibley), and a piece with just the boys called We’re the Men.

About every three years, the chorale takes a big trip. In June 2012, they traveled to Barcelona and Madrid. In 2010, the group traveled to Hawaii.

“We are looking at the possibility of Ireland in 2015. We may do Chicago or Savannah and Charleston in 2014,” she said.

To learn more about the Augusta Children’s Chorale or to request an audition appointment, call (706) 826-4718.

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