ART BEAT: Lawrenceville Community Children's Choir warms up with weekend camp

One of Gwinnett's newest arts organizations is getting ready for the 2012-13 season by offering musically inclined children a camp full of fun this weekend. The Lawrenceville Community Children's Choir, founded in 2010, will be holding a special music camp for students in kindergarten through fifth grade today and Saturday. Children wanting to attend only on Saturday are welcome to do so.

The camp will be held at North River Community Church at 1725 Spectrum Drive in Lawrenceville. Today's camp will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday's camp runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for both days of the camp is $25 and this can be applied toward a child's $35 registration fee with Lawrenceville Community Children's Choir should the child join the group. If attending for only Saturday, the fee is $17.

Activities at the camp will be fun filled musical experiences: singing -- of course -- instrument play, music games, rhythm activities, prizes, crafts and snacks will be included. A highlight of Saturday's activities will be a drum circle led by special guest Benjamin Prosser.

The Lawrenceville Children's Choir has a mission "to give young people the chance to learn, sing, and perform a wide variety of choral music while encouraging them to share their gifts with the community."

"The many songs and activities in a children's choir enhance a child's total development, while instilling a sense of the importance of community within the choir," said founding artistic director Michele Wright.

Wright has had more than 30 years experience directing children's choirs in the area. She currently serves as Director of Children's Music at Decatur First United Methodist Church, where she directs eight children's choirs.

"My life's work has been teaching children, and directing a children's choir has allowed me to experience the joy of watching children learn and grow through music," Wright said. "The Lawrenceville Community Children's Choir provides the opportunity for children to experience a creative learning environment that will foster a child's love of music for many years to come."

The season promises many opportunities for the LCCC to be heard. The choir is hosting an open house on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Aurora Theatre to celebrate the choir's third year.

In October, the choir will present "Seussical: the Musical, A Choral Medley" at the Aurora Theatre. There will also be a special holiday concert and Christmas caroling in December along with a concert and production in the spring.

The LCCC performs frequently for senior centers and residents of assisted living facilities. The organization has also performed with the BJ Chorale in the operas "Hansel and Gretel" with the Aurora Theatre in their production of "Are We There Yet?" and with the Gwinnett Choral Guild's Holiday Concert.

For more information about the LCCC, contact Wright at lccchoir@gmail.com, call 770-339-4566 or visit www.lawrenceville-childrens-choir.org

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.