The Champaign County Youth Choir performed in a joint concert with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Youth Orchestra, and the Springfield Youth Choir on Saturday evening, February 27 at Kuss Auditorium in Springfield.
The choirs performed Prayer from Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck and O Lovely Peace with Plenty Crown’d from Judas Maccabaeus by Handel in the first half of the concert. The choirs returned to the stage for an encore and performed Dry Your Tears, Afrika, a Dadie poem set to music by composer John Williams.
The Champaign County Youth Choir is made up of students in grades three through eight in all five public school systems in Champaign County and from alternate schools, on line schools, and the home schooled. There are no auditions; the love of music and singing is the only requirement.
The choir is led by music educators, Kristen Williams, music teacher at Graham Elementary school and Jane Martin, music teacher at Urbana North and South Elementary schools. The choir is in its 23rd year as an organization.