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September 10, 2014

ACC Starts Community Choir


As more and more singers began to file into the Alvin Community College choir studio, Music Director Dr. Kevin Moody’s smile began to widen.

“I just can’t believe it,” he said. “Stand up, let’s sing!”

Moody held the first rehearsal for the ACC Community Chorus on August 26 and 50 local singers signed up to join the group.

“I’m really excited about the repertoire that’s available to us,” he said.

The Community Chorus will have its first performance of Handel’s Messiah on December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Alvin First United Methodist Church. The group, which is made up of current students and local music enthusiasts, will perform two concerts a year.

“Many are former students which is a great joy to have them in the group,” Moody said.

Singers will meet every week to prepare for the Christmas performance.

As members of the new choir met for the first time, some of them recognized each other from past performances with other groups.

Kathryn Speer, of Alvin, came to the rehearsal because she wanted to learn under Moody and take advantage of the opportunity to perform.

“I was very interested in this,” she said.

The draw for Ronnie Baker, of Danbury, was a chance to work with other local singers and use his musical skills.

“I’ve been singing since I was talking,” he said.

Moody said he had long thought of starting a community choir and just decided that the 2014-15 school year would be the opportune time.

“It’s wonderful to realize how many people in our community want to sing and to provide an opportunity for them to do so,” he said.

The singers for the new choir come from all over the region including Alvin, Danbury, Friendswood, Pearland and more.

Current students said they were looking forward to working with experienced performers and hoped to gain valuable experience from the Community Choir.

“It’s definitely going to be challenging,” said student Hannah Bransom, of Pearland.

The Chorus will meet every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the choir studio B-224 at ACC, 3110 Mustang Road.

For more information call 281-756-3587.

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