Soon, people may hear sweet sounds bellowing from South Bend, thanks to a brand new Children's Choir at Notre Dame.
The 50-person group is funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment to Sacred Music at Notre Dame. Participation, including snacks, costumes and travel, is all free for singers.
The choir meets twice a week for 90 minute rehearsals at the Good Shepherd Montessori. They have two upcoming performances, including a fall show at the Farmers Market on Saturday, November 9 and a Christmas Concert on the Notre Dame Campus Sunday, December 15.
Singers will also go on an overnight musical retreat to Camp Eberhart in November.
Director, Mark Doerries says the choir's goal is to bring back an interest for choral music at a young age.
"We want to reinvigorate choral music in the church," said Doerries. "And one of the things that's really gone by the wayside in the last years is communal singing."
For now, singers are ages 7 to 14, but over time, Doerries hopes to grow and expand down to include kindergarteners.
Oopen auditions will open again to the public in January, find more information here.