Sara Robinette, a member of the Killeen Children’s Chorale, practices during the weekly rehearsal for the group Monday at Liberty Hill Middle School in Killeen.

By Krista M. Madkins
Killeen Daily Herald

Members of the Killeen Children’s Chorale will perform their second concert next weekend; it will feature a full set of music with a wide variety of pieces.

When the group started last spring, it was composed of children from fourth to sixth grade in the Killeen Independent School District. It expanded to include children in grades fifth through seventh because the same children who were in it when it began have advanced to the new school year.

Currently, 31 children out of 150 who tried out make up the chorale.

“They sing songs in Latin, Italian, Hebrew and English,” said Sandra Mattson, the chorale’s host and pianist.

The children have practiced for this concert since the second week in October and only have a few more practices scheduled.

“They were given a CD they could practice with at home that had their parts on it because we did not meet for two weeks,” said Mary-Ellen Tolliver, an elementary music teacher at Timber Ridge and Bellaire Elementary schools.

Chorale members Cameo Jones and Sydni Bringhurst said they practiced for about 10 to 15 minutes each day. The sixth-graders said the CD helped them learn the songs for the concert.

Once the children completely “learn the lyrics to the songs, then we begin to add to that,” said Tolliver.

For this concert, the children will “provide their own accompaniment, do a few a capella pieces and then have some pieces with the accompaniment of a piano,” Tolliver said.

They will add in the drums, a bell and chime — all of which will be played by the children.

“The music for this concert varies from very thoughtful pieces to light rock pieces like ‘Jingle Bell Rock,'” said Phyllis King, director of the chorale.

King said the children make suggestions on how to improve their performances.

If you go

What: Killeen Children’s Chorale Concert

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

Where: Ellison High School auditorium

Cost: Free admission