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Young singers sought for Junior Minstrels group

The Norway Pond Junior Minstrels, also known as the “Junior Mints,” are accepting new members.

Regular rehearsals will be on Tuesday afternoons beginning the end of October with additional ones scheduled as the performance approaches.

Junior Mints is open to 24 boys and girls between ages 6 and 13. Their wide age-range makes them unique among children’s choruses, bringing satisfying and surprising depth to their performances.

There are no auditions. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to returning members. (Last spring, we had 16 boys and 8 girls, a most unusual boy to girl ratio.)

Parents are asked to pre-screen their kids to make sure they match pitch (sing in tune) fairly well. Younger children should also have good attention spans. The rehearsals are intense, energetic and very focused.

In the fall, they will be rehearsing for the Hancock Family Christmas Concert. “Most importantly,” says founder and conductor Jody Hill Simpson, “the children experience the joy that comes from the power they feel when they connect meaningfully with the audience.”

In the spring, they reconvene and put on a musical production, using the singing skills learned during the fall session.

For more information or to sign up, contact Jody Hill Simpson at or 525-9303. More information is available at

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