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NCYC students perform in concert this February

The Newport County Youth Chorus will present NCYC Winter Concert, our first concert of the year, on Saturday, February 2 at 3:00 pm at Emmanuel Church. Performing is the heart of any music program, including NCYC. Not only that, but participating in weekly rehearsals and performing helps children exceed both academically and socially. This is why our students perform as often as possible.

In her honors thesis, Katherine Rowe of East Tennessee State University writes that Children and teenagers who are involved in music increase their critical thinking, learn how to work with others and be involved in a team of peers, adults and professionals. Participation in choirs also improves language skills such as pronunciation and foreign language.

What to expect at the NCYC 2019 Winter Concert

Elizabeth Woodhouse, Artistic Director, will conduct the Winter Concert performance, and Melissa Woolverton will accompany the ensembles on piano. Sabina Sams and Sara Lombardi, NCYC chorus managers from Middletown High School, will provide additional support.

The concert will showcase the hard work of the two NCYC ensembles. Performing will be NCYC’s second to fourth grade section, and fifth to sixth grade section. The performance selections include music from around the world (South Africa and Israel) and of different styles (folk songs, musical theatre, and calypso).

NCYC is excited to welcome back the Mixtapes Acappella group from Salve Regina University. MixTapes, now in their 3rd year, will sing selections from their repertoire. Salve Regina University serves as the Fiscal Sponsor to the Newport County Youth Chorus.


Concert Details

NCYC Winter Concert with special guests MixTapes Acappella Group from Salve Regina

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm followed by a reception

Location: Emmanuel Church (42 Dearborn Street, Newport)

Cost: FREE! A free-will offering will be collected to support NCYC and Emmanuel Church, who generously donates the space.

Parking: Free parking is available in the lot across from church and on the street.


More reasons to attend

Performances such as this one help the children in our community become confident and self-aware. Your participation as an audience member allows our children to overcome common anxieties as our children learn to perform comfortably in front of people.

Additionally, simply listening to live music has been shown to improve your overall health and wellbeing. For example, a 2011 article published by Harvard University’s Men's Health Watch examined how the human brain and nervous system are hard-wired to distinguish music from noise. This allows us to respond to rhythm and repetition, tones and tunes in a way that may enhance human health and performance.

Take this free opportunity as a way to bring more light into your life as well as those of our children. We hope to see you there!

About NCYC

The singers of the Newport County Youth Chorus meet once a week for one hour. The program is free and does not require an audition. Classes are offered at the Martin Luther King Community Center (Newport) and St. Mary’s Church (Portsmouth). NCYC is welcoming new singers starting in February. If you know someone who would like to join the group, please reach out to or visit

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