In 1998, a music educator and group of arts supporters brought an idea to fruition: a regional school providing professional training in the musical arts. Fourteen years later, the ProMusic Conservatory is going strong in Wilson County.
The non-profit based in Wilson provides training for the ProMusic Choristers which includes youth grades 5 through 12. Students rehearse weekly at the conservatory and perform in local and far-flung concerts. They perform for churches, schools, and even performed with the Air Force Band in Washington DC!
The music students traveled to DC in 2004 and 2009, and to Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 2006. Now the 2012 choir is going further than they have gone before: students will soon be winging their way to Ireland to share their choral talents.
The ProMusic Choristers Ireland Tour is scheduled to perform in four cathedral-style churches across Ireland July 10-19, 2012. In between performances, the youth — aged 10 through 17 — will visit historic sites around The Emerald Isle.
Behind all of these efforts is the nonprofit’s Executive Director, Conductor, Instructor, and founder Dr. Gayla Turk. Formerly Director of Music Education at Barton College, Dr. Turk teaches the children and will travel with them to Ireland.
While the children are working hard on their vocal skills, the nonprofit is holding several fundraisers — one of which will give local residents an opportunity to hear the young choir sing. On June 3rd, a benefit auction is being held at the school’s 105 W. Nash Street location in Downtown Wilson and those attending will have the opportunity to hear the choir live. The students and local artists and crafters have created interesting items and celebrities have donated items for the auction. Lucky bidders may take home something special while helping the choir raise funds needed for the trip. The auction items may be viewed and early bids submitted on the ProMusic website, www.promusicconservatory.org.
Additionally, students, their families, and the school are selling raffle tickets for a cash drawing July 6th during Wilson’s First Friday on The Lawn.
If you’d like to support these youth on their world travels, contact the conservatory at 252.291.3386 or stop in June 3rd to hear them sing.