Monica George Punke is looking forward to directing a new youth choir this fall. It will be called Seinn an t-oran which is Gaelic for Sing the Song. CHRISTOPHER CAMERON
Choral singing has undergone an exciting revolution, says Seinneadair’s director, Monica George Punke.
“With the advent of TV shows like Glee, and reality shows such as The Choir and Show Choir, young people have a whole new set of expectations about what the world of choral singing has to offer them. To help meet that need, I am inviting young people to join Seinneadair,” said Punke.
Seinneadair (Shay-een-ah-dah-r) is a Gaelic word celebrating those who want to use their voices to make harmonious sounds. And, this new group’s motto – sticking with the Gaelic – is Seinn an t-oran or Sing the Song.
Membership in this new group is open to anyone Grade 5 and up, and the group will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lower Hall, St. George’s Anglican Church, Temperance St., New Glasgow. Rehearsal accompanist is well-known local pianist and organist Sandra Johnson.
“What these television shows don’t reveal is what it takes to become a healthy singer with the technique to sing music and combine it with movement in a wide variety of styles and genres,” said Punke. “Opportunities to learn these skills is what Seinneadair offers young people.”
“Above all,” concluded Punke, “Seinneadair aims to provide a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can be comfortable. It’s about making new friends and enjoying each other’s company while developing vocal and performance skills that will last a life-time.”
The first rehearsal of Seinneadair for the forthcoming season will take place on Sept. 10, in the Lower Hall at St. George’s. Inquiries are welcomed from young people interested in a program such as Seinneadair, and interviews with Mrs. Punke can be booked by calling 752-1297.