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Wow, it’s hard to believe that school in Montgomery will be starting on Wednesday already! We met a sweet girl named Zoey who is counting off the days until she becomes an official third grader. The April Sound Church will be celebrating “Back to School” today in all services. Teachers are busy preparing for the big day of school opening, and students and teachers are wished a very productive and happy year ahead.

The Montgomery County Choral Society is now registering new and returning singers for the 2022-23 season. There will be an in-person registration tomorrow night, (Monday, Aug. 8) from 7 to 8 p.m. at the First Methodist Church of Conroe at 4308 West Davis Street. There is also a new website and an on-line registration just set up this week at If you love to sing and want to belong to a very talented group of singers, this is your group. People come from all over the county for practice every Monday evening to prepare for the concerts and enjoy not only the vocalization, but also meet and get to know other people with like interests.

After the first 50 years of the Chorale’s success, starting with just a few singers in 1972, the Chorale has enjoyed several capable Artistic Directors including Ann Lee, who directed the group for the longest time until her death. Dr. Robert Horton served for a short time, and led the chorale to a brilliant climax of the fifty years. Now, upon Bob’s resignation, there has been a thorough search and Dr. Sandy Hinkley has agreed to be Artistic Director for the beginning of the next fifty years.

Dr. Hinkley earned her Bachelor of Music Education at Florida State University, Master of Music Education at the University of Central Florida, and Ph.D in Choral Conducting and Music Education from Florida State University, and taught in both middle and high school for twenty years. In 2017, she joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University serving as Association Director of Choral and Coordinator of Music Education and teaches courses in music education, conducts the tenor-bass choir, and serves as a mentor to music education students. She also oversees the summer Choral Educators Professional Workshop. Dr. Hinkley’s love for community choirs began with the Tallahassee Civic Chorale, the Rollins College Bach Festival Children’s Choir in Winter Park, Florida, and the Tallahassee Community Chorus. She tries to advocate life-long singing and strive to create an inclusive and respectful environment where every singer feels valued, seen and heard.

So, if you are reading this and think you’d like to be a part of this wonderful group, please come to the church tomorrow night and find out more, or visit the website. There will be many friendly people to welcome you and help you decide your future in choral singing! And, if you can’t devote that amount of time, you can attend as many concerts during the year that work into your schedule. Season tickets are the best deal!

- Ann Marie Ricci

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