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Call goes out for fair singers

September 2, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
Every year at the Canfield Fair, a one-time gather of singers takes place. They become part of the Fair Choir that sings during the ecumenical worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to Tom Scurich, music instructor at Hilltop Elementary School in Canfield, the Sunday choir has performed over 20 consecutive years during the fair.

“We average 30-plus singers,” he said.

What makes it unique is the fact the singers, ranging from junior high school through adult, only have about a half hour to practice together. It is one of the reasons that younger singers aren’t sought.

“Rehearsal time is extremely limited and younger children won't have the ability or experience to learn the music so quickly,” Scurich said.

He said while the youngest are middle school students, the oldest singer to take part has been in the mid 80s.

The practice session begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Those who show up to participate will have just a half hour to learn two anthems that they will perform during the morning church service. The service begins at 9:30 a.m.

Scurich, along with his wife Kelly, will provide musical direction and additional special music during the service. Kelly serves as the director of choral music at Canfield High School.

Those who show up and take part in the morning choir will have their gate admissions refunded for that day. Those interested in being a part of this year’s choir should simply show up at the stage near the grandstand concourse prior to the 9 a.m. practice session.



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