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Themed sessions make choral lessons fun

By Elizabeth Woodhouse

The fall term of Newport County Youth Chorus has been full of successes. Families have come together to support their children’s musical growth and curiosity. Singers used their voices to uplift residents of St. Clare’s in Newport this holiday season, and we’ve been working our way toward our Winter Concert with Salve Regina’s MixTapes Acapella group. In the spirit of growth, following the February 2nd concert, which marks the end of the winter semester, NCYC is going to change our program format for its Rhode Island spring music lessons.

The first big change is that, instead of one long spring term, we will now offer two six-week programs to 2nd through 4th graders. Each session will have its own musical theme, and students are encouraged to sign up for one, or both of the sessions.

Programming for 5th and 6th graders will continue as a weekly program and we hope you will join us! Continue reading to learn about all of these sessions and how to sign up. The programs are free and all are welcome to participate.

Spring session for 5th through 6th grade

February 6th marks the beginning of NCYC's Spring Term, which is open for all 5th and 6th graders. These once-a-week sessions will help you build confidence not just musically, but in your own abilities as well.

The spring term runs from February 6th through May 29th. We will meet from on Wednesdays from 3:15 - 4:15 pm at St. Mary’s Church, located at 324 E Main Rd. in Portsmouth.

Go here to sign up for this free opportunity

Spring sessions for 2nd through 4th grade

March/April Session: Music From Around the World

During this six-week program, singers will learn songs from different places and in different languages. Singing the music will uncover exciting and interesting things about other cultures including dances, musical styles and even food!

We will share a special performance of the music we've learned for our families and friends directly following the last class.

This six-week program runs from March 5th through April 10th in both Newport and Portsmouth. The program is open to all Newport County youth.

May/June Session: All that Jazz—Broadway Showtunes

Get ready to sing and dance and have a great time exploring the music of Broadway! Singers will have a chance to be center stage as we sing some of Broadway's best songs in this six-week program.

We will share a special performance of the music we've learned for our families and friends directly following the last class.

This six-week program runs from April 30th through June 5th in both Newport and Portsmouth, and is open to all Newport County youth.

A time and location that works for you

For both of these sessions, you may choose the time and location that works best for you.

We offer:

  • Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Newport, and

  • Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 pm at St. Mary's Church in Portsmouth.

Details and how to sign up

Signing up is easy and can be done in a few clicks.

Start here and SIGN UP TODAY for both the March/April and May/June sessions.

Questions? Email Elizabeth at

About NCYC

NCYC is a free after school choral program. We are funding in part by Salve Regina as well as through personal donations and grants. Please help support the musical education of children in our community with a small donation.

Thank you for being part of the NCYC Family!

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