Les Petites Voix Children’s Choir, led by Music Director Kari Proksch and Artistic Director/Accompanist: Annette Larsen, returns to singing and plans for future Lake Charles performances. It's been a long time coming for the popular youth choir, whose overcome hurricanes and a pandemic. Finally, the talented group is back to normal and looking forward to participating in looking and national events.

Speaking of which, fresh off a trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Choir Foundation Board member, and Choir Director at F.K White Middle Allison Marino, stressed the importance of the arts and the benefits of music education. Speaking to KPLC at Voix Choir practice, Marino said,

“We’re so fortunate in this area, that so many places that we do put an importance of music education in our schools and what the research shows us is that music is the only thing that uses every part of our brain. Students who play an instrument or sing, score higher on standardized testing, so it is not just something, it should be a part of every child’s life.”

Several kids from the Lake Charles area just returned from the elite singing competition in Pittsburgh, and currently are preparing for their annual spring concert. Marino said, the children make lifetime connections through music and are extremely happy that they are able to sing together once again.

If you would like your child to participate in the Les Petites Voix Children's Choir, contact Music Director Kari Proksch, here for more info. The choir is celebrating its 20th season and is comprised of children in grades 4 through 12 throughout Calcasieu and Cameron Parish.

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