Young people from all over the Hills are finding their voice with the Sydney Hills Youth Choir. Now in it’s fourth year, the choir is making a harmonious contribution to events around the Hills and in Sydney. Former Hills Youth Ambassador and talented singer Cassidy-Rae Wilson started the choir in 2014 to give young people a chance to sing.
“I loved being in a choir,” she was a member of the Australian Girls’ Choir at high school, “and I realised there weren’t a lot of choirs around. “I wanted young people to be involved in their community.”
The choir is open to students between the ages of 8 to 18 and is free to join. Sponsorship by Hills Shire Council means that the room hire is waived and that the choir sings at many council functions, including Australia Day and at monthly citizenship ceremonies. “I love listening to them,” said Cassidy-Rae. The choir is open to new members.
They meet on Tuesday afternoons at the Baulkham Hills Senior Citizen’s Centre At 19 Conie Ave, Baulkham Hills.
Tian Wong See, Year 9 at Rouse Hill High has been teaching the choir a nursery Ryan in Mandarin.
Ava Kyan, a Year 6 student from Glenhaven Public said the choir was fun.
“It’s not just learning or singing, it’s about getting to know people.” Nicole Salama, Year 6 at Excelsior Public School in Castle Hill is now in her fourth year at the choir. “I have always had a passion for singing,” she said. ‘We sing many different types of song.”
Cassidy-Rae said rehearsals were a lot more than just singing. “It’s creating a little community … they become friends.”