When the South Hills Children’s Choir performed recently outside the front entrance of Paramount Senior Living of Peters Township, the theme was “reunion.”

“How music brings us back together and fixes us,” choir director Jennie Nolan said prior to the start of the concert, a timely subject considering the impact of COVID-19. “We’re so happy to be here. We hope you hear at least one song you know and all the songs make you happy.”

Paramount residents remained inside as the choristers sang for the better part of an hour, before the weather became an issue, performing compositions that included “Play for Me a Simple Melody,” “Be Kind to Your Parents,” “Can You Hear Me?” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

And despite all of them wearing protective masks throughout the concert, their voices rang through loud and clear, with amplification provided by the technicians of PsychoSound LLC.

Some of the selections were performed by the group’s Concordia Choir, an ensemble for children ages 11 to 13, directed by Lisa Marie Brinson. Members must pass an audition, and they participate in more advanced choral literature, singing two-parts, descants and other intermediate-level songs.

The other choirs are Cadenza, an advanced ensemble requiring audition for singers ages 14 to 18, and Canticle, a preparatory chorus for children ages 8 to 10.

Overall, the South Hills Children’s Choir served as a performance and education the development of musical skills and understanding. Rehearsals take place Thursdays when the choir is in season at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Peters Township.

For more information, visit shcchoir.org.

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Staff writer Harry Funk, a professional journalist for three-plus decades, has been on the staff of The Almanac since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master of business administration, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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