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New show choir program accepting students

January 17, 2019 GMT

HURRICANE — The sound of joyous singing, dancing, and the ringing of colorfully ribboned handbells was heard as the C3 Show Choir (Crescendo Company for Christ) performed its Christmas concerts throughout December 2018. Their beautiful costumes of red velveteen and rhinestones with long white gloves, and red-sequined vest and bowtie dazzled the stage as they performed with utter Christmas joy.

The 11 members of the choir, ranging from grades two through ten, inspired their audiences with the songs “I Heard the Bells” and “Do You Hear What I Hear,” inviting them to join in periodically during sign language lyrics. The songs featured four soloists whose voices soared above the rafters like angelic voices from heaven touching the souls of those engaged in the Christmas spirit among their audience.

The C3 Show Choir is a part of the music program offered at Arts in Action Academy of Performing and Visual Arts located on Main Street in Hurricane. Although the academy is currently celebrating its 20th year of serving the community in the instruction of the arts, the Show Choir Class began in January 2018 and just completed its second four-month performance season. With no previous vocal or dance instruction required, the next season of classes for students grades 2-12 is open for registration now through the end of January.

Classes will begin shortly and conclude with spring performances in May of 2019.

Show Choir is a great way for children to experience instruction in two forms of the arts - vocal, as well as dance - combined in a team performance. Arts in Action promotes all forms of the arts with a Christian influence through praying with their students, scripture memorization, and all forms of Christian-lyric music. The music director of Arts in Action, Dr. Dianna Vinscavich, who has taught private piano and vocal lessons for over 35 years, is also the director of the Show Choir Class.

“Giving children a healthy way to express themselves through the musical arts is so crucial for their emotional and spiritual well-being as they develop throughout their formative school-age years,” Vinscavich said.

Arts in Action is under the executive direction of its founder, Miss Joni Cantrell, and gives all people of all ages the opportunity to study the arts regardless of race, religion, or economic status. It is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization offering classes in multiple forms of dance, music and the visual arts. Need-based financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information about Arts in Action, visit www.artsinactionwv.org or search for Arts in Action on Facebook. For registration information concerning the new C3 Show Choir season, email info@artsinactionwv.org or call 304-419-4446.