Baldivis: Kids choir gives singing opportunity to children from age 3

Sue Ross with the Baldivis and Melville Singing Joeys.
Sue Ross with the Baldivis and Melville Singing Joeys.

A SOUTH of the river community singing program is giving children as young as three who love to sing a chance to join a choir.

Choirs4kids director Sue Ross said she wanted children and teenagers to have an opportunity to join a choir without traditional barriers of time or age.

“I saw a need for children of a young age to have an opportunity to sing when most children aren’t guided towards singing until primary school,” she said.

“We don’t hold auditions, we don’t discriminate and we start from age three.”

Ms Ross said while the sessions were held in groups, she was able to tend to the children’s individual needs.

“We develop singing skills and learn current songs but mostly it’s just to have fun,” she said.

“We cater a lot in boosting the children’s confidence and self-esteem.”

That offering has led to Choir4Kids being named as a finalist in the national What’s On 4 Kids awards in the categories of Best Local School-Aged Kids Activity and Best New Activity for Kids, with winners to be announced in August.

“We’re really excited to be part of the award finals, we have our fingers crossed,” Ms Ross said.

Currently offered only in Baldivis, Melville and South Perth, Ms Ross wants Choirs4Kids to continue to expand.

“The next step is definitely opening up a couple more groups in Perth, maybe north of the river,” she said.

“At national level as well, to have community singing groups for children across Australia and having that opportunity to join for a general love of singing.”

August is shaping as a big month for Choirs4kids, which will be part of One Big Voice Festival at Perth Arena on August 17.

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