Redwood Coast Children’s Chorus Holding Auditions for ‘The World Concert Children’s Chorus’
This is a press release from the Redwood Coast Children’s Chorus:
The Redwood Coast Children’s Chorus is holding auditions for a new ensemble entitled The World Concert Children’s Chorus. Auditions will be open to youth between the ages of 10-18. Saturday, May 26, and Saturday, June 2nd from noon-5:00 at the Ink People Center for the Arts, 525 7th Street, Eureka. Please call the director, Kathé Lyth to schedule an audition time, (707) 499-3920 or go to redwoodcoastchildrenschorus.net.
The World Children’s Concert Fund for Children Survivors of Natural Catastrophes will have as its primary goal, children helping children through music. The focus of WCCF members is to raise money through concerts presented by children for those children who are in extreme need following a natural catastrophe. After establishing membership with the WCCF, affiliates will pledge money made from their concerts and performances. The proceeds earned from each concert will go directly to the WCCF. Membership with the WCCF will promote the participation of children’s choruses, youth orchestras and school music programs throughout the local vicinity of rural Humboldt County, throughout California, throughout the nation and eventually throughout the world .
The WCCF originated as a result of several devastating natural catastrophes on our planet: tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, floods, fires and earthquakes. With hundreds and thousands of people often stranded, injured, homeless and in shock, global assistance is a necessity. Children may find themselves stranded with nowhere to go, alone and desperate. There are, of course, many service organizations helping to organize and assist those who find themselves in these horrific circumstances: The Red Cross, Unicef, Save the Children, to name a few. When one of these natural events takes place, there are no separate nationalities nor ethnic groups, nor religions nor races. There are neither the rich nor the poor. Human survival with immediate assistance is essential.
Many young people have a basic impulse to assist others in circumstances seemingly beyond our control. Classroom teachers, youth organizations and churches raise money, send supplies, and involve children in participating with the process of helping victims of natural catastrophes. Indeed, communities large and small, seek (and often succeed), to undertake whatever means possible to reach out to those in need.
The World Concert Children’s Fund and The World Concert Children’s Chorus are extensions of The Redwood Coast Children’s Chorus. The RCCC is dedicated to the mission of children’s voices assisting in creating world peace. The Touring Chorus of the RCCC has traveled to several countries on ‘World Harmony Tours’ beginning in 1989 to Soviet Russia. It is extremely important for children to participate in making friends with other children throughout the world. Children can and do make a difference within a creative organized process of assisting other children anywhere on this planet.
The initial establishment of the WCCF will begin by establishing a local children’s chorus, entitled ‘The World Concert Children’s Chorus’. A core of individuals will meet on a regular basis, setting forth the planning process which will include a working budget, creating a detailed website eventually in many languages. Membership to the WCCF should include already established music organizations such as NAME (National Association for Music Educators) and OAKE (Organization of Kodaly Music Educators). Direct communication will be made available to schools, choruses and orchestras emphasizing the importance and necessity of the WCCF.
It is important that this process begin immediately. Global Warming as well as many other global conditions have increased the necessity for everyone to be prepared in case of a natural catastrophe, and all of us should be ready to assist others. Children helping children in need is an educational and artistic process, an expression of the trust we must have for the survival of the next generation and for many generations to come.
The World Concert Children’s chorus, consisting of musically motivated and self disciplined youth, is now being formed. These chorus members will be members of The Redwood Coast Children’s Chorus.redwoodcoastchildrenschorus.net.
The RCCC is a DreamMaker with The Ink People , a local nonprofit organization supporting the Arts inkpeople.org
The World Concert Children’s Chorus will begin in September of 2018, meeting weekly. When musically ready, the WCCC will present concerts, raising the initial funds for the WCCF.
School music programs and youth orchestras also have the opportunity of becoming members of the WCCF. Each school or organization pledges money earned for one or more concerts performed once or twice a year – with the the SOLE purpose of raising money for the WCCF. There is no right or wrong way concerning the method of musical presentation: formal or informal, trained or untrained – the focus is always the same – children making music and raising funds for other children in need. Guidelines will be set forth and communicated to WCCF members. Updates and progress will be provided through news letters, and eventually, through an established WCCF web-site. Members will receive information as to how much money the Foundation has obtained, the means by which it is safeguarded, how the monies will be distributed and by which world charity organization. Further, each school or children’s music organization will be listed as to the date when each fund-raising concert occurs. It is extremely important for representative schools, choruses or orchestras to contribute what they are able to: $5-, $50-, $500- or $5000-. These initial presentations and concerts will provide for the WCCF a “nest egg” of funds in case a natural catastrophe occurs.
The WCCF will decide how the money will be used and how the money will be spent. Also, the Foundation must decide on the best ‘parent’ organization to accomplish the needs set forth, such as ‘Save the Children’. This process must be made public to all contributors. For example: a certain amount of money will be used for immediate medical assistance of children in an earthquake, or for clothes, food, water and shelter, or to airlift injured children from remote areas, etc.
Immediately following a natural disaster, an established hot line will be provided for all WCCF members, locally, nationally and internationally. Schools and music organizations act quickly, establishing fund-raising concerts and activities to present to their community. Any amount earned from each event or concert will be sent directly to the Foundation. A pre-established process of sending the money will have already been made. If thousands of WCCF members follow though with their pledges, then many, many children’s lives may be saved.
It is extremely important for all those involved, to commit to our world children – that personal gain should and must be absent from this project. Natural catastrophes are beyond the scope of politics, war, self-interest groups, and human destruction. Nature has control over all of us at any time. As a world, we must be prepared to help. Children want to become involved and to give. It is through children and through their music and creativity that one of the most important aspects of life may be accomplished: children saving other children. Of course there will be difficulties and problems to solve along the way – both foreseen and unforeseen. Yet, through love and compassion, commitment and the belief in the future survival of our children, we can and must act now in forming The World Children’s Concert Fund for Children Survivors of Natural Catastrophes.