HCC youth and children’s choirs welcome new singers in person again


After 18 months of online programming, the Hudson Community Youth and Children’s Chorus are rehearsing in person again.

“After months on Zoom, it’s great to see faces and hear real voices,” says director Mario Buchanan.

In his second year as director of both groups, he had accompanied the groups under the direction of founding director Eve Sliwinski. Buchanan was appointed director in the spring of 2020, shortly before the pandemic forced backing vocals to end in-person rehearsals and cancel concerts.

“I think everyone is happy to resume live rehearsals,” he said. Choral music gives children, teens and adults a chance to work together to bring a piece of music to life. Each brings a different skill set, and choral singing, as opposed to solo singing, teaches you to listen to them. others and build a coherent sound It’s hard to do that on a Zoom call.

A graduate with Distinction from Akron University in Organ Performance, Buchanan is the Music Director / Organist for Christ Church Episcopal, where he prepares weekly services, conducts the church’s adult choir, brings the songs to life. young church choristers and oversees its Choral Scholar Program.

The Hudson Community Children’s Chorus is designed to teach basic singing skills, including rhythm, proper breathing, posture, harmonization of tone, and learning from a wide variety of musical literature, from classics to composers. more contemporary. This group is intended for students in grades 3 to 5 and meets on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Youth Choir is open to students from 6th to secondary school. This program focuses on the development of musical skills and provides the opportunity to sing a variety of musical literature. The Youth Choir meets on Mondays from 6.15 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Both groups meet at the Shrine of Christ Church Episcopal and no audition is required to join the group. Students from Northeast Ohio schools as well as home school students are invited to join the choirs. Course fees are $ 70 per semester. Scholarships are available. The groups welcome young people from all school districts in the region as well as homeschooling students.

“Choral music is a skill that lasts a lifetime. There are few skills you learn as a kid that you can still enjoy as a seasoned citizen, ”Buchanan says. “The choir puts everyone on an equal footing and allows everyone to be successful. There are no winners or losers in a choir, you just have to learn.

Both choirs perform at biannual concerts with the Hudson Community Chorus for adults and at special events in the area including Caroling on the Green, Akron Children’s Hospital Tree Festival and Christkindl Market.

All choirs in the Hudson community, adults, youth and children assemble in accordance with CDC COVID guidelines. Eligible members must be fully immunized. At the moment, the masks are worn indoors.

For more information or to join either group, contact Buchanan at [email protected]

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