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Conway Women's Chorus ready to kick off 2014 season

Posted: January 6, 2014 - 5:02pm

Rehearsals with the Conway Women’s Chorus will start for the 2014 season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. Although this group started in Conway (hence the name), women now come from all areas surrounding Conway. Some musical experience with reading music or appearances in productions is always helpful but not required to sing with this fun group. The point is just to have a good time. Their first two rehearsals are open for any woman age 15 and older who just want to have some fun singing three-part harmony.

Director Joan Hanna formed the Chorus in 2005 with only a handful of music devotees. A former teacher at U of A, Morrilton, she also directs the Faulkner Academy of Arts and gives private piano lessons. She helped start the Conway Dinner Theater and is Musical Director for their two yearly productions. Many Chorus members have also taken roles in some of the recent productions like Seussical the Musical, Working 9 to 5 and Oklahoma! The Chorus has tackled songs that are fun like Broadway show tunes, love songs, jazz and blues. Their shows have a theme, such as spring rain when they all carried umbrellas and sang It’s Raining Men, and a USO show when they did patriotic songs.

This non-profit Chorus presents an annual spring show and a Christmas show plus benefit performances for the community. Every year they sponsor a new charitable cause. They have helped raise money for Katrina victims, Bethlehem House, Meals on Wheels, and teaching reading to adults — all just from their patrons coming to hear them and donating money. If you enjoy making costumes or wearing costumes, there is a group within the Chorus who performs Civil War songs in period costumes they have made. This group sings acapella. The whole Chorus has made many public appearances to celebrate the sesqui-centennial celebration of the Civil War. They sang at the Conway Historical Museum, Toad Suck Daze, various library programs in the county, Jacksonville re-enactment of a battle from the Civil War, and Mountain Home. They are booked for future appearances this spring and fall.

You are welcome to attend the first two rehearsals with no commitment — just visit, sing along and see if you enjoy the group. You are asked to make a commitment for weekly Tuesday rehearsals by the third visit. There is no audition; but you must carry a tune and enjoy singing. The fellowship, camaraderie and good clean fun will follow. There are now over 20 voices to help you along.

If you would like to share your singing with a group of fun women, come to 2201 Washington Avenue, Conway Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 501-339-7401 or email at faulkneraarts@yahoo.com.

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