basie-marquee-3-090213-500x375The Count Basie Theatre and the Red Bank Borough School District are thrilled to announce a new, free children’s choral program, The Central Jersey Youth Chorale, beginning in the Fall of 2013.This free program, open to all Monmouth County students grades 4-8 as of 2013, is scheduled to run from October through June, and will be under the musical direction of Kristopher Zook, local conductor, composer and vocal music educator from Red Bank Regional High School. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6 pm at the Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road, Red Bank.

Students wishing to audition for the performing ensemble should prepare a song that reflects their vocal strengths for one of the two audition days, Monday, October 7, or Wednesday, October 9 at 5:00 PM in the Red Bank Middle School Auditorium.

The group will perform locally for community events, concerts and in conjunction with select acts on the main stage at the Count Basie Theatre. The group’s repertoire will reflect a wide variety of styles and genres of choral music.

The launching of The Central Jersey Youth Chorale will provide a timely solution to a troubling decline in choral singing opportunities for children. The program is aligned with the Count Basie Theatre’s goal to provide multiple arts experience to the children in our community, and is not designed to replace participation in students’ home school choral programs.

The number of students who will be accepted into the program is limited, so interested participants should contact the Count Basie Theatre’s education department at 732 224-8778 x 125 to reserve an audition time.