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Along with looking for musicians to rehearse for spots in the Arizona Chorale and Orchestra volunteers are also being sought to participate in the Youth Choir and Youth Ensemble.

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ProMusica seeks singers, musicians
STAFF REPORT ~ 9/22/2010

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra is a volunteer community music organization of approximately 120 musicians committed to bringing music to the Phoenix North Valley. The PMAZ Chorale has openings for five basses and three tenors. The Orchestra has openings for two violas, and one each for oboe, horn, trumpet and trombone. Interested musicians should call PMAZ Artistic Director, Kevin Kozacek at 623-680-6024 as soon as possible for information and to arrange an audition.
Rehearsals for PMAZ’s eighth season are at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem. The Orchestra rehearses from 7 – 9 p.m. Monday evenings. The Chorale rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m. PMAZ performs four major concerts each season. For information: www.promusicaaz.org or 623-465-4650.
ProMusica Arizona has formed a Youth Choir and Youth Ensemble this season. There are still openings in both groups and auditions may be scheduled by calling Kevin Kozacek at 623-680-6024 .
The Youth Choir rehearses from 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. Monday evenings in the Boulder Creek High School choir room. The Youth Ensemble rehearses from 4:40 – 5:55 p.m. Monday afternoons in the Boulder Creek High School band room. The latest study from the National Endowment for the Arts released in December 2009 showed that children who participate in choirs and music programs have academic success and valuable life skills.

Several of the study's major findings about children who participate in music include
• The majority of parents surveyed believe multiple skills increased after their child joined a chorus. Seventy-one percent say their child has become more self-confident, 70 percent say their child's self-discipline has improved, and 69 percent state their child's memory skills have improved.

• More than 80 percent of educators surveyed—across multiple academic disciplines—agree with parent assessments that choir participation can enhance numerous aspects of a child's social development and academic success. Educators also observe that children who sing are better participants in group activities, have better emotional expression, and exhibit better emotional management.

• Children participating in music programs get significantly better grades than children who have never sung in a choir. Forty-five percent of parents whose children sing state their child receives “all or mostly As” in mathematics (vs. 38 percent of non-choir parents) and 54 percent get “all or mostly As” in English and other language arts classes (vs. 43 percent).

For information about ProMusica Arizona’s Youth Programs go to the website www.promusicaaz.org or call 623-465-4650.