South Walton Children's Chorus is celebrating its one-year anniversary this spring, and they will do it with a spring concert for all to enjoy.
The chorus, under the direction of Kara Bishop, will present Splendor of Spring at Christ the King Church at 1 p.m. May 6.
"The spring concert is the finale to what we have been working on all semester, where we get to showcase all the beautiful and fun songs we've been preparing since February. It's a celebration of spring and song," Bishop said.
Bishop, a lyric-coloratura soprano who has performed across Europe and the United States, works with her students weekly. She established South Walton Children's Chorus in 2017 to teach the youth of South Walton and the surrounding areas to read music, strengthen vocal fundamentals, and build confidence. Bishop speaks German and has a background as an opera singer, which has given her a good grasp of languages.
Established in the spring of 2017, Bishop founded the Children's Chorus with the help of Christ the King Episcopal Church, which allows them to use the church.
Bishop teaches children between the ages of 9-13, with classes coinciding with the local school year. Starting with just seven children, now, in concluding its third season, the Chorus proudly boasts 23 students.
For their upcoming spring concert, the children will present songs based on spring.
The children will sing a song in Japanese and one in Spanish for the upcoming concert.
"The Japanese one is one of their favorite," said Bishop with a smile.
For her students to be able to do that, Bishop said she leads them to speak through the new language first and then incorporate the words into song.
"They learn fast," she said.
The first season, the children sang a song in Latin.
"The children's progression since day one has been exponential," said Bishop.
Bishop trained at the University of Colorado and has a degree in vocal performance and classical music. She is a lyric coloratura soprano, voice and piano instructor, and has served as coordinator and soloist for Opera Et Cetera International.
The Colorado native is stationed in the area for a while as her husband is in the Air Force.
"I wanted to provide an opportunity for kids to get involved with music while I am here," she said. "Music education is a must. Music is what makes us human."
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