Our church’s Youth Choir is a tuition– and audition-free community choir sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca. We believe that choral singing is good for children and youth. It builds self-confidence, fills kids with dignity and self-esteem, involves teamwork and community, supports math, English, and foreign language skills, requires self-discipline, and is an excellent brain-builder. It’s GREAT for us! Any child who is able will be welcome to participate. If a child isn’t sure, parents can come with them for a while to see how it goes. We intend to have high standards for behavior and respect, but we welcome everyone to our choir.
Rehearsals (with a snack) are held Sundays from 11:15-12:15 in the Choir Room. For more information, contact Kirianne at , call her at the church (272-2800), or call/text her cell: 607-882-1325. Facebook works, too!
About the Director:
Kirianne Weaver Riehl grew up singing in children’s choirs under the direction of her mother, flutist Marianne Weaver, and father, organist John Weaver. She also sang in the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera Children’s Choruses, with whom she toured several shows, and has performed with the Village Light Opera Company of New York. She was also a member of Princeton Theological Seminary’s Touring Choir, and was director of performing arts at the Elizabeth Moir International School in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Kirianne is very excited about working with the children of the church and reaching out to the community with this program!
At age 16, Maya Johnson has been playing music for most of her life. She started the violin as a shy 6yr-old and music quickly became her way to communicate. Homeschooled since 1st grade, she had the opportunity to follow her passions. She began to study piano with Esther Taylor in 2012, and in 2016 joined the studio of Dr. Andrea Merrill at the Opus Ithaca Music School, who has taught and inspired her for the past 3 years.
Loving to play with others, Maya has collaborated in many ensembles including the Del Ori Piano Trio, the β-Ori Duo, and currently the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra, Heifetz Violin Ensemble, and Ithaca Talent Education Chamber Orchestra. With the latter two groups, she has had the opportunity to tour Guelph, Ontario and New Zealand and has performed yearly in Paganini & Pie, held at 1st Pres. Maya spends her summers immersed in music in programs such as Greenwood Chamber Music Camp, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and the Ithaca Suzuki Institute.