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How young voices are hitting all the right notes from a distance

Amherst Bel Canto Choir has gone virtual this season
Posted at 6:43 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 10:50:38-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Amherst Bel Canto Choir is home to some of the most incredible young voices in WNY. They've been faced with the challenge of singing together, from a distance, but they're making it work.

“It’s very moving and it’s very inspiring,” said Director and Business Manager, Kristen Hill.

They’re not able to perform live this year, so students are limited to virtual recitals, but directors say there’s a silver lining.

The choir ranges from 3rd to 12th grade
The choir ranges from 3rd to 12th grade

"It’s tough. There is a bit of loss there. Which is why we’ve given the students an opportunity to be more of a soloist," said Veronica John, Director.

It's also an opportunity to broaden their reach.

"So we’ve been trying to encourage kids from farther away who maybe couldn’t have gotten to rehearsals on time before, now all they have to do is turn on their computer,” said Hill.

Students admit that it's harder to participate this year, but just as fun.

The choir is not able to perform live this year, so they've gone virtual
The choir is not able to perform live this year, so they've gone virtual

“It’s more of a family and you stick together no matter what,” Sierra Sutton, who's experienced the choir both virtual and in-person.

Anyone interested can join now. Students range from 3rd to 12th grade. It costs $100 for this semester, but they also have financial assistance available.

"We never want a child to not be able to participate,” said Hill.

For more information, click here. To sign up, click here.

“You shouldn’t be afraid to try new things even if you’re not really seeing other people or if it’s new to you, you should always go for what you think is right,” said Adyson Morin, 11-year-old member.