Come enjoy an hour of song Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church (906 George Bush Drive) with the Austin Girls’ Choir Tour Ensemble! Ten singers age 10-18 will present a varied program ranging from sacred and light classical selections to American Songbook, a cappella Beatles selections and a little pop! 3- to 5-part harmony, fun choreography. Free, donations welcome. Great for all ages!
Austin Girls’ Choir’s tour ensemble will be in College Station on Thursday, June 20 to sing a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 906 George Bush Drive. Ten girls age 10-18 will present a program ranging from choreographed swing tunes to light classical works. Much of their repertoire is in three- to five-part harmony, and is considered difficult by adult standards.
The Choir draws girls from Austin, Texas and its surrounding communities. Artistic Director Sara Burden-McClure works with each child in each level, teaching them to read music, recognize and sing note intervals, sing scores at sight, and understand basic music theory and harmony concepts. Austin Girls’ Choir’s ensembles sing about 40 performances a year altogether, and the music the girls learn encompasses Renaissance to present day.
Every June, an AGC tour ensemble sings several concerts in a chosen area of the US or Europe. Highlights have included a 2008 White House performance for President Bush, being featured on BBC Radio and twice on CNN, performing at Carnegie Hall, singing full Evensong at the Washington National Cathedral, and cathedral tours in England, France, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. This year’s tour is closer to home, taking the choir through south central and east Texas.
Austin Girls’ Choir was begun by Ms. Burden-McClure in September of 1990, as what she describes as “a three-month experiment in single-gender education.” A special request from then Governor-Elect Ann Richards for the choir to sing for her inaugural prayer service extended its tenure to January 1991, and Ms. Burden-McClure found there was enough ongoing desire for a girls’ choral organization to continue the project. The Choir went on to build a reputation as one of the upper-echelon treble choirs in the US, and celebrates its 29th anniversary in a few months.