The Omaha MasterSingers chorus is recruiting young singers for its new youth choir, Diminuendo.
The group for children in third through eighth grades will join the adult choir for its next concert, on April 2.
The program, Modern Troubadours, will feature the music of the greatest singer-songwriters of the modern era, including Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel, James Taylor and many others.
Diminuendo performed in the MasterSingers’ Christmas concert, so this will be its second concert this season, said Kate Simmons, publicity chairwoman for the MasterSingers board.
“They did one concert with us last year, kind of as a trial run, but this is their first (full) season,” she said.
The children’s choir, like the adult choir, is directed by Laureen Pickle, MasterSingers’ artistic director. That means members have the chance to work with an experienced director and vocal instructor who has a doctoral degree in music.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Simmons said. “You get a chance to sing with amateur performers from all over western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. It exposes kids to a whole new way of thinking about music.”
The MasterSingers, which once focused mostly on classical music, has performed a variety of musical styles, including jazz, pop, etc., since Pickle took over directorship for the 2007-08 season, Simmons said.
It was around that time that the choir changed its name from Meistersingers to MasterSingers. A member of a German tradesmen’s guild formed in the 14th, 15th or 16th century to cultivate poetry and music was called a Meistersinger, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
“We decided you couldn’t sing Katy Perry and Ella Fitzgerald and use a German name,” Simmons said.
The concert will be at 6 p.m. April 2. All rehearsals and performances are held at First Central Congregational Church, 421 S. 36th St. in Omaha. For a full rehearsal schedule and to register, visit the group’s website, mastersingersomaha.com. Those interested can also register by email at email@example.com.