The South Walton Children’s Chorus has announced that registration for its spring season is now open. Students between the ages of 9-13 are welcome to register ($50) by Feb. 1 to participate in this unique opportunity in South Walton.

Rehearsals take place from 4-5:30 p.m. every Monday at Christ the King Episcopal Church. The students’ achievements will be showcased during the spring concert at 1 p.m. May 6.

In its third season under the direction of opera singer Kara Bishop, the South Walton Children’s Chorus provides Destin and Santa Rosa Beach students the opportunity to learn to read music, strengthen vocal fundamentals and form long-lasting friendships. Bishop currently teaches 15 students, but is looking to expand the chorus to “build the music culture of the community.”

During the fall term, the South Walton Children's Chorus was invited to perform with Panama City Pops during their Beach Home for the Holiday concert at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. They also hosted a winter concert to share their progression of skills and music fundamentals with the community. Not only did students gain confidence and performance experience, they had a great time sharing their musical talent.

“Growing up, my sister and I sang with a large church choir," said parent Beth Roberts, whose daughter Anna joined the chorus in October. "Our experience gave us friendships, confidence, and the joy of performing for others. I now see these same qualities given to my daughter, Anna, as she performs and practices with the South Walton’s Children’s Chorus. Kara’s love of singing is being passed, so patiently, to these young children and they are reaping the benefits.”

Bishop, a renowned lyric-coloratura soprano who performed across Europe and the United States, explained, “Music is so important for areas of children's brains ... responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception, math and reading skills.”

Tuition scholarships for the South Walton Children’s Chorus are available. For more information, email info@thehivecreativeconsulting.com. To register, visit www.activekids.com and search South Walton Children’s Chorus.