Mispillion Children’s Chorus Created

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In an attempt to grant more access to music among children, Sharon Starling and Layne Thompson-Payne of Milford have formed a new local non-profit organization named The Mispillion Children’s Chorus. The mission of the Mispillion Children’s Chorus is to provide a welcoming, safe environment for children ages 6-11 years old as they explore the world of vocal music.

Both Starling and Thompsin-Payne have a strong background in children’s music as each has performed professionally as both vocalist and conductor locally and abroad. With no auditions necessary, the pair hopes to provide a positive atmosphere for children to learn basic music literacy and provide opportunities for children who may want to seek advanced training. Vocal music will be used to elevate self esteem and confidence while building a community of respect and acceptance.

“The Mispillion Children’s Chorus will help children improve their self-esteem and find a sense of community,” said Starling. “We will create a musical team and show them how their separate parts come together to perform as a greater whole.”

The children’s chorus will rehearse to prepare for performances in and around the greater Milford Community. Musical repertoire will range from a wide variety of genre’s including current pop, classical and show tunes. Each song will be geared towards providing a positive and affirming message.

“We are very excited for children to begin and experience what it feels like to receive accolades for dedication and their performances,” commented Starling. “There is so much art in Sussex and Kent Counties, and we want to expose these children to that art and help them to grow.”

Beginning on Tuesday, September 16 the children’s chorus started their rehearsals at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club in Milford. “Twenty-five engaged, enthusiastic and responsive children gathered to form the Mispillion Children’s Chorus at the Boys and Girls Club of Milford,” stated Thompsin-Payne. “We are excited about upcoming holiday programs and have already been asked to perform with other groups such as the Lewes Men’s Chorus. It is going to be an amazing year.”

The Mispillion Children’s Chorus will operate under the non-profit auspices of The Greater Lewis Foundation. Although their is no musical experience necessary and no audition or fees for membership, a commitment to regular rehearsals and participation in performances is required. Pre-registration is necessary and can be done by contacting Sharon Starling at 302-422-2785 or mispillionchildrenschorus@gmail.com. Rehearsals will be held at both the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club, located at 101 Delaware Veterans Blvd, and at Avenue United Methodist, located at 20 N Church Ave.

“[The Children’s Chorus] will build a community of respect and acceptance for all children which includes physical abilities, cultural backgrounds and differences in perceived musical skills and aptitude,” said Starling. “We will use music as a catalyst for building self-esteem, confidence and a sense of team.”

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