River City Children's Choir starts new season
The River City Children's Choir is gearing up for a new season starting this month and is welcoming a new director into the mix.
Lynnda Fuller, a Scappoose resident and retired educator, will be taking on the role as the children's choir director this season. The choir was previously led by Alice Boyer, who also directs the adult
River City Singers Choir.
Fuller previously worked as a music educator in the Scappoose School District teaching at Grant Watts and Otto Petersen Elementary School for 25 years. Her time with the choir will give her a new opportunity to work with children in the community in a different way.
"I have discovered that it's what I am. I need to make music with children and I love to see them learn and see them grow," Fuller said. "I want to be able to work with kids who are interested in making music."
Fuller said she is looking forward to taking on the new role and working with the choir students in the upcoming season.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what they know, and what music they like and where we can go from there," she said.
Coming from an educational background, Fuller said she also anticipates teaching students about music literacy, which includes learning to read music and to sing in an ensemble.
"A lot of what we'll be doing is we'll be learning to read the music and sing what you see," Fuller said. "And that's the music educator in me. I can't just sing with children, we have to learn."
While many show dates for the new season have not been finalized, Fuller said "variety is the spice of life" when it comes to musical selections for the ensemble. She hopes to be able to select a variety of themed music for holidays, explore songs in foreign languages and those that are sung in rounds, and
delve into call-and-response pieces, and more, she explained.
The River City Children's Choir is a non-auditioned choir designed for students in third through ninth grade. Previous choir experience is not needed. Rehearsal are held Thursdays from 6 to 6:50 p.m. The first rehearsal of the new season will be held Sept. 12 at the St. Helens Methodist Church building, 560 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens.
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