The Geary County Children’s Choir will present its Spring Concert April 29 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Junction City. The concert will also feature some guests to the area — the Salina Youth Choir, directed by Jenna Eshleman. Each of the two choirs will sing four selections as individual choirs, then combine for four more selections.
The concert is free and open to the public, though donations will be accepted.
The same concert will also be presented April 22 at 2 p.m. at University United Methodist Church in Salina.
The Salina Youth Choir is sponsored by the Salina Symphony. Children in both groups are in fourth through eighth grade.
The Geary County Children’s Choir, under the direction of Greg Gooden with the assistance of Christine Day and accompaniment of LeRoy Johnson, celebrated its 10th anniversary last year with a special commissioned piece. The song was written especially for the local children’s choir.
“Flying,” by Erik Whitehill, has now been published and is available around the globe. It’s dedicated to the Geary County Children’s Choir. Students who take part in the Geary County Children’s Choir are recommended by school music teacher or audition to join the group. Members sing at events in the area, including the Christkindle Market at Fort Riley, the community Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, JC Hometown Christmas at the Opera House, community Thanksgiving celebration, Relay for Life, local churches, retired teachers association meetings, and for organizations, clubs, and more in the area. Choir members were chosen by audition in both 2014 and 2016 to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association State Conference. They’ve also performed with the William Baker Singers, a professional adult choral organization from the Kansas City area before. Members joined the group on stage at the C.L. Hoover Opera House with Jim Cosgrove, and at the Sunflower Choral Festival. The choir has traveled on performance tours to Branson, MO in the past and sung in Colorado Spring, Colo. In the summer of 2019 choir will travel to St. Louis on a performance tour. The Geary County Children’s Choir’s goal is to enhance the lives of young singers through positive experiences with quality literature, singing technique, and exciting performances, according to Gooden. The group and its adult leaders are committed to the pursuit of excellence within a caring and inspirational environment, and are dedicated to the achievement of the highest level of artistry, he said.