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PALMDALE COMMUNITY CHOIR SEEKS MEMBERS FOR SUMMER.

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PALMDALE - The Palmdale Youth and Community Choir is accepting new members for its Summer Celebration season.

The choir is a performance-based choral program offered through the city of Palmdale, aimed at giving residents an opportunity for musical expression and personal development in a supportive environment.

``Many people enjoy singing and the experience of musical accomplishment,'' said Cultural Arts/Theater Manager Dea McAllister. ``This program is for community members who share a common passion: an intense love of singing a variety of music in four-part harmony.''

The choir rehearses from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Playhouse. Members must be at least 12 years old. Membership fee is $40.

Director John P. Crocker Jr. has expanded the choir's repertoire to gospel, jazz and show tunes in four-part harmony. Pieces to be performed include ``Keep Your Lamps,'' the choral melody from ``Westside Story'' and ``For the Beauty of the Earth.''

Crocker holds a master's degree in choral music education from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in operatic voice from Loyola Marymount University. He serves as the minister on staff at the First Missionary Baptist Church of Littlerock and is the vocal music instructor at Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster.

Crocker's musical theater credits include ``Fiddler on the Roof,'' ``Guys and Dolls,'' ``The Unsinkable Molly Brown'' and ``Love Is Where You Find It.'' He is most proud, however, of his four portrayals of the runaway slave Jim in the musical ``Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.''

Choir accompanist Molly Stecker is a composer with memberships in the Music Teacher's Association of California and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

For more information or to schedule an audition, please call the Palmdale Playhouse at (661) 267-5684.
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