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SCRANTON: The Children’s and Youth Programs of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania is holding auditions for new members.

The Choral Society offers six choral ensembles to children and youth 5 to 18 years of age: Cantus Novus, grades K-2, under the direction of Leslie Moran; Cantilena, grades 3-5, under the direction of Alissa Swarts; Kantorei, treble voices, grades 6-12, under the direction of Leslie Moran; Chanteuses, high school, mixed voices, under the direction of Dr. Susan Kelly and Alissa Swarts; Camerata, changed male voices, grades 6-12, under the direction of Alissa Swarts; and Cantare, select high school female, under the direction of Dr. Susan Kelly.

Each of the ensembles rehearses weekly at the Trinity Baptist Church, off of Green Ridge Street, Scranton. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings as follows: 5:30-6:15 p.m., Cantus Novus; 5:30-6:45 p.m., Cantilena; 6:15-7:45 p.m., Kantorei; 6:15-7:30 p.m., Camerata and Chanteuses; and 6:15-8:45 p.m., Cantare.

All students receive instruction in music reading and theory skills. Each ensemble will perform in formal November, March, and May concerts and will also join with the adult Symphonic Chorus for a holiday program. Performances beyond the regular concert season have included a concert tour of Wales and England, participation in the Music in the Parks competitions at Dorney Park, performances with the NEPA Philharmonic for their holiday concerts, and performances at state conferences of both the American Choral Directors’ Association and Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association.

Membership in an ensemble requires an audition with the conducting staff. Auditions are scheduled for Sept. 3. No previous singing experience is required.

To arrange an audition, or for more information, call Kay Ten Eyck at 570-313-0146 or email kayt1085~gmail.com.

WILKES-BARRE: The Father James J. Doyle, CSC, Community Mediation Institute (CMI) and the Peace and Justice Center are hosting a community-centered conflict resolution workshop for individuals and organizations interested in non-violence from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 at King’s College.

The 24-hour interactive training focuses on the skills of conflict resolution mediation and on the improvement of the participants’ existing abilities. The training touches upon the theories of more traditional mediation training events, but the CMI approach is especially for those looking to work for the common good.

The training is highly participatory, drawing upon the wisdom, experience and talents of all in attendance. Mutual learning occurs through storytelling and thought-provoking, peace-building exercises.

The group will create and commit to a concrete project for change.

Space is limited and scholarships are available upon request.

For more information contact Rod at peacewb@verizon.net or 570-823-9977.

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