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Newman Community Choir

Newman Finds Its Voice

You don’t have to be a great singer to add your voice to the Newman Community Choir.

The newly formed vocal group wants locals of all ages to join in and experience the fun and benefits of communal singing.

The choir has been running since January under the leadership of former professional musician Katie Parker, now based in Newman where she works as a family support worker.

Image supplied by Katie Parker

The group meets each Monday at The Beach Indoor Play Centre. So far there are a few adults involved along with a large group of children, from age 4 through to teenagers, but Katie is keen to get more older people involved.

“It’s open to everyone,” she said. “The aim is to keep it casual. You don’t have to show up every week. And you don’t need any previous skills or knowledge of music.

“We have some good singers involved but we’re keen to cover all levels.

“It would be great to have some more adults to provide some leadership and mentoring.”

Katie says the main emphasis is on bringing people together and making community connections rather than aiming to reach any sort of performance standard.

“Research shows that singing in a group is good for your mental health, it relieves stress and releases oxytocin (a hormone that has a positive effect on mood and emotions),” she said.

It’s early days, so Katie doesn’t have set ideas about what sort of repertoire the choir should tackle. The group has been working on basic skills, such as singing in rounds and vocal exercises to get used to singing together.

“We’ll let the group guide what sort of material we should be doing. The people will determine where we take it and what we do,” Katie said.

Anyone interested in joining the Newman Community Choir can get more information on email or call Lauren on 0407 405 794. Look them up on Facebook at Newman Community Choir or just get along on a Monday at 5pm at The Beach Indoor Play Centre. Participation is by gold coin donation, and children under 12 need adult supervision.