Tucson Jewish Youth Choir to celebrate 13th year

Jewish youth ages 7-14 are invited to join the Tucson Jewish Youth Choir, which will kick off its 13th season on Aug. 22 at 3:45 p.m. with a rehearsal at Tucson Hebrew Academy. No prior musical experience is necessary.

Under the direction of Cantor Janece Cohen, the TJYC performs throughout Southern Arizona and embarks on a trip each spring to destinations such as the Las Vegas Israel Festival and a youth choir festival in Los Angeles. The choir has also performed with visiting Jewish musicians, including Rabbi Joe Black, Cantor Jeff Klepper, Sam Glaser, Craig Taubman and Doug Cotler.

A variety of special events are planned to celebrate the TJYC’s Bar Mitzvah year, including a gala concert with choir alumni.

The choir’s repertoire includes Hebrew, English, Ladino and Yiddish songs. Singers who are in 4th grade or higher and have been with the choir for at least one year may audition for the smaller ensemble, which performs more frequently and tackles more challenging vocal arrangements. Some choir graduates have gone on to study music and pursue careers in the performing arts.

Rehearsals are held each Wednesday at THA. Concert choir meets 3:45–4:40 p.m. Ensemble rehearses 4:45–5:30 p.m.

A meeting for parents will be held after the first rehearsal on Aug. 22 at 4:45 p.m.

Fees per semester are $155 for concert choir and an additional $75 for ensemble. Discounts are available for families enrolling siblings and for those who pay in advance for the entire year (two semesters). For more information, contact Cohen at 488-6868 or cantor@orchadash-tucson.org.