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More youth sought for WHO choir

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After a somewhat successful first meeting Feb. 19, Diane Maxey is still looking for young voices to participate in a choir being planned especially for the World Health Organization’s 11th-annual Conference on Safe Communities here May 6-9.

“Things are gong well, but I still need more, more, more singers for the choir,” said Maxey, adding about 25 district youth already have signed up.

But she’s aiming to have at least 100 singers involved.

The choir—open to youth aged eight to their teens—likely will perform at the opening and closing ceremonies of the conference, which will see hundreds of delegates attend from across the world.

“They say music is the universal language. Even if the audience doesn’t understand the words, the message gets across,” Maxey had said previously.

“I plan to have another meeting in the near future, hopefully before March Break,” she noted, adding the best way to find out a specific time would be to contact her at 274-7309.

“In the meantime, I’m going to be going to the schools to promote it,” Maxey said, stressing “the more, the merrier.”

Youth from across the district, as well as over in International Falls, are welcome to join the choir.

And while the WHO conference may only be three days long, Maxey hopes the idea of a children’s community choir will catch on and become a permanent fixture here.

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