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June 1, 2004

News 9 San Antonio

The Texas Children's Choir was the only U.S. singing group invited to France for ceremonies remembering the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. The Texas Children's Choir is made up of 40 San Antonio kids between the ages of 8 and 14. The group sings spiritual and patriotic songs and for over a year the children have put in hundreds of hours preparing to sing in the official 60th Anniversary D-Day ceremonies in Normandy. "They will participate with a choir of 250 adults and they will sing the solo and soprano parts for the Requiem by Gabriel Faure. It will be late at night and it will be right on Omaha Beach and it will be for the Allied leaders of the Allied Nations," Texas Children's Choir Director Thomas Hardaway said.

The kids raised $150,000 to pay for their trip and are excited about the opportunity. "It takes a lot of time and effort and we have to do a lot of work but it's really fun and it's rewarding because we get to go to France," Texas Children's Choir member Ashley Taylor Hughes said. If going to France isn't exciting enough, the choir has just recorded its second CD. Proceeds from the sales benefit military families. The choir, along with their chaperones, will make their way to France Monday morning. The majority of the choir's members come from military families, but any child in San Antonio can audition for a spot.

Posted by acapnews at June 1, 2004 9:53 PM


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