Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Comin.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Megan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The Katy Youth Choir began as a humble singing class in the home of Dr. Deborah Siebert. She saw the need for a community choral program in the city of Katy, Texas and using her musical background, formed the Katy Children’s Choir in 2012. As the program grew, Dr. Siebert enlisted the help of Megan Comin who had moved to Texas from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With a background specializing in children’s choirs, along with a love of business, Megan quickly caught on to Dr. Siebert’s vision for the need of a community choral program for children and youth. Megan Comin took over the program as both Artistic and Executive Director in 2015 and The Katy Youth Choir program, as it stands today, was born. Both Dr. Siebert and Mrs. Comin understood the need for quality fine arts programs in the community. Under the direction of Megan Comin, the Katy Youth Choir has maintained a gold national ranking, placing the program in the top 10% of choirs in the nation.
Has it been a smooth road?
As with all non-profit organizations, the Katy Youth Choir has encountered some challenges. The Katy community is home to a long tradition of support for our high school programs. Because of this, the Katy Youth Choir has often been perceived as competition to the schools’ choral programs in the area. Megan has worked tirelessly to ensure that the schools understand that the Katy Youth Choir program is a supplemental program to the school fine arts programs. The mission of the Katy Youth Choir is to allow all children to be able to have a voice and learn how to express this voice through choral singing. This helps the students who already participate in their school choirs to become better singers and get more exposure to choral pedagogy that allows them to advance in their school choirs quickly. Katy Youth Choir choristers come from a variety of musical backgrounds. Not all of our choristers have the opportunity to be in their school choirs. Some of our choristers participate in other events through the schools and can’t fit choir into their schedules, some are homeschooled, and some have physical or mental challenges that prohibit them from otherwise participating in choir. KYC believes that choral singing provides an opportunity for children to learn how to work with others to create something beautiful. Allowing children the opportunity to sing in a choral setting helps them build confidence in their own voice. It gives children and youth a safe place to experience different genres of music while growing as a musician. Choral singing helps in all areas of life from team building, establishing and maintaining relationships with peers, musicality, understanding different cultures and beliefs and more. Choral singing provides an opportunity to learn about pitch and harmony in music. If they are involved in other musical pursuits, choral singing enhances the ear to hear music in a more rounded way. This is why the Katy Youth Choir program is an important program to have in the Katy Community.
We’d love to hear more about your group.
The award-winning Katy Youth Choir is devoted to inspiring the artist within each child through the power of music. We provide high-quality vocal and choral music education to the youth in the Katy area who represent richly diverse backgrounds. Whether a chorister is trying to get into their High School’s Varsity choir or they have never sung a note, the Katy Youth Choir has a place for everyone.
KYC ignites a love of singing by nurturing each individual’s potential for personal excellence in vocal music education and instilling self-discipline and confidence. Our highly qualified directors offer meaningful and enriching rehearsals each week. Each choir builds on the vocal techniques learned in the previous choirs allowing our choristers to grow throughout our program. Our KYC choristers return home from rehearsals uplifted and inspired to keep singing! We take pride in expanding the arts in the Katy community.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I believe that every city, town, and village needs a community choral program. Singing in a choir unites people in a way that other things aren’t able to do. Belonging to a program that takes a bunch of individuals and teaches them how to work together to create something that is bigger than themselves is something I believe every city needs. If someone was just starting out here, I would definitely recommend that they enroll themselves and/or their children in a high-quality community choral program. Children and teenagers often feel lost or unable to express themselves. Belonging to a community of singers where it doesn’t matter what race, religion, sex, or income level you are gives children and youth a safe place to discover their own voice. Music has the ability to heal the soul and unite nations. I think if the Greater Houston Area continues to help encourage community performing arts programs and invest in our children, we will be fostering the development of well-rounded future leaders.
- The Katy Youth Choir program consists of different choirs:
- Our Preparatory choirs include choristers from Kindergarten to 2nd grade ($175/semester or $325/year)
- Our Prima Voce choir includes choristers from 3rd to 5th grade ($200/semester or $375/year)
- Our Bella Voce choir includes choristers from 5th to 12th grade ( $225/semester or $425/year)
- Address: The Katy Youth Choir
2126 Great Prairie Lane
Katy, TX 77494
- Website: http://katychildrenschoir.com
- Phone: (832) 940-5717
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatyChildrensChoir