New choir to inspire youth through music

Photos by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Emma Mundy of Huntingburg leads students in song as she substitutes as choir teacher at Jasper High School on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Mundy is starting the Dubois County Youth Chorale for students in fifth through 12th grades. 

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — Huntingburg native Emma Mundy, 22, recently moved back to the area, bringing with her a lifelong love of music she plans to put to good use.

The daughter of Rick and Gwen Mundy is starting the Dubois County Children’s Chorale, a free, extracurricular choir for students in fifth through 12th grades. Her goal with the choir is simple — to inspire youth through music.

“I wanted to offer something for the kids who don’t do sports or who just like the arts,” Mundy said.

Mundy got the idea for the choir during her time studying at the University of Indianapolis, where she studied psychology and worked as a choral accompanist for local schools. Indianapolis has a children’s choir, and Mundy thought something similar would be good for Dubois County.

Mundy plans to split the group into two choirs, one for kids in fifth through seventh grade, and one for kids in eighth through 12th grade. Both choirs will meet at North Side Christian Church, 311 E. 17th St., Huntingburg, though practices will be on different days.

Mundy intentionally split the grade levels where she did so that fifth-graders could meet older students before graduating to middle school, and eighth-graders could meet high school students before becoming freshmen.

That way, she figured, they’d be less intimidated on the first day of school.

The Dubois County Children’s Chorale will be noncompetitive, instead focusing on self-expression and the community.

“I really see it as being a safe, fun kind of hangout,” Mundy said.

So far, Mundy has about 20 kids interested. The first meeting will be Sept. 17, with younger children meeting at the church at 6:30 p.m.

Rather than planning all the songs herself, Mundy plans to ask the students what they want to sing. She wants to show them what they can do with their voices.

She also plans to encourage the students to support the arts at other schools. She’ll include school choir concerts and musicals on the Dubois County Children’s Chorale schedule, and cancel her practices if they conflict with a school concert.

She also plans to have her choir out in the community caroling at O’Tannenbaum Days in Jasper and performing a Christmas concert at Brookside Village.

In the spring, she wants to host a dessert concert where people will pay a small entrance fee to eat desserts and listen to the choir perform.

She’d also like the choir to perform the National Anthem at sporting events in the area.

So far, Mundy has about 20 kids interested. The first meeting will be Sept. 17, with younger children meeting at the church at 6:30 p.m.

A parent meeting for both age groups is set for 7:15 p.m., and the older group will have its first practice after the parent meeting.

Anyone interested should email Mundy at ducoyouthchorale@gmail.com.

 

 




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