ICC to Hold Musical Mini-Camp for Children with Special Needs

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The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) will hold its first ever Jubilate Festival, a musical mini-camp for children with special needs, on May 20-21 in Butler University’s Lilly Hall in Indianapolis. Jubilate Festival is an extension of Jubilate, the ICC’s special needs choir, which is run by ICC Director of Outreach and Early Childhood Programs Lauren Southard

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The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) will hold its first ever Jubilate Festival, a musical mini-camp for children with special needs, on May 20-21 in Butler University’s Lilly Hall in Indianapolis.

The camp will consist of two learning sessions, with a culminating performance at the end.

Jubilate Festival is an extension of Jubilate, the ICC’s special needs choir, which is run by ICC Director of Outreach and Early Childhood Programs Lauren Southard.

About Jubilate:

“Peer Friends from one of the advanced ICC choirs attend rehearsal along with the Jubilate singers each week to provide a fulfilling musical experience and a chance for singers with varying abilities to grow musically. The choir meets once per week for 45 minutes (except for the Jubilate Festival) and participates in performances as deemed appropriate for the current members of the choir. Parents/Guardians remain in the rehearsal room during their singer’s participation in Jubilate.

The curriculum focuses on proper singing techniques, music theory and sight-reading, part-singing, and social skills involved in being a member of a musical ensemble. Though the choir has, at its core, the same goals as other choirs in the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, the Jubilate choir engages in additional activities during rehearsal that aid in reaching those goals. Music that is taught in other choirs might be taught in a different way using additional visual and tactile experiences that are catered specifically to the current members of the choir.”

All special needs children are welcome to participate. No prior musical ability is needed.

Cost to participate is $100. Registration and more information is at icchoir.org/jubilate-festival, or by contacting Jubilate director Lauren Southard at lsouthar(at)icchoir(dot)org. More information about the Jubilate program in general can be found at icchoir.org/choir-divisions/special-needs.

Currently in its 29th season, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir has grown to become one of the largest children’s choirs in the world. Founded by Artistic Director Henry Leck, the ICC serves over 3,000 central Indiana children from pre-school age through high school. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance. To enroll a child, attend a concert, or make a financial donation, visit icchoir.org or call 317.940.9640.

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