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ARTS/West Partners With ATCO Workshop For First Annual Christmas Concert

Updated Tue, Dec 17, 2013 9:42 am
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Athens County Community Singers

On Thursday, Dec. 19, the Athens County Community Singers will present their first annual Christmas Concert, an ARTS/West Presents event.

The Athens County Community Singers, formally known as the ATCO Vocal Choir, is a choir for "all voices," meaning those with and without disabilities.

Currently the group meets at the ATCO Workshop, located on Campbell St. in Athens on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

This concert will feature a variety of selections including sing-a-longs for the audience, solos and duets, and selections with instrumental accompaniment provided by choir members and Ohio University Music Therapy Students.

"This is going to be a great concert. Everyone has worked so hard and have had fun in the process," said Founder/Director Stephanie H. Morris, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) and neurologic music therapist.

The choir is mainly composed of individuals who either attend the ATCO Workshop--funded by the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities--or live and work in the community.

Morris said she would like to see this choir expand and involve more individuals with and without disabilities from Athens County.

"ATCO is not the only day-habilitation program in the Athens area. We would like to see other individuals who love to sing become members of this choir," she explained. "We hope as more people learn about the Athens County Community Singers that more individuals will be interested in joining and being a part of this great group of people who love to make music."

This will be the choir's second concert of 2013. Previously the group performed for the Association of Ohio Music Therapy Convention at Ohio University in October.

The choir is looking forward to performing in 2014 at the annual Disabilities Festival in March, the Central Ohio Music Therapy Spring Recital at Ohio University in late April, and a patriotic concert around the July 4th holiday. Rehearsals for these performances will begin in February.

There is a $10 suggested donation for Thursday's concert, with group rates available. The performance will start at 7 p.m.

ARTS/West is located at 132 W State St in Athens. For more information, contact Stephanie Morris at Stephanie.h.morris@gmail.com or call 254-709-4331.