A Life-Giving Way to Serve

There is nothing quite like listening to children singing and seeing their enthusiasm as they perform. Central Children’s Choir is in its second year, and you will be able to enjoy the fruits of their hard work at Central’s Christmas Concerts on December 8 and 10 and at the Christmas Eve service.

The choir has 25 children who are in first through seventh grades. Director Mairee Pantzer, a Central member and former Artistic Director for the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, along with a devoted group of volunteers, leads the 10-week session on Sundays from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m

“The children enjoy  rehearsals,  develop friendships with other children, and become more confident in singing.”

Mairee finds that volunteering with the children’s choir is “life-giving.” She has fun being creative with the kids, seeing them progress, and helping them develop ownership of their voices. “The children enjoy  rehearsals,  develop friendships with other children, and become more confident in singing.” Mairee continues, “The goals are to teach the children to use their voices, to make beautiful sounds, to worship together, and to develop relationships with the other children. A special gift is that the children find that they sing these songs to themselves during the day and that the hymns and songs encourage them.”

As important as the director is, the Children’s Choir couldn’t succeed without the many volunteers who serve together to provide everything needed for choir practice each Sunday morning. In addition to those who help with selecting music and assist the children with their singing, volunteers oversee game time, snacks, logistics, and security. The parents of the children are invited to attend a parenting class at the same time as choir practice, and there is child care for younger siblings as needed. 

Katie Kavalsky, a volunteer and the mother of a  fourth grader in the choir, recalls brainstorming with Mairee about starting the choir. Katie draws on her own experience in a children’s choir at Central as an elementary school student. She felt it was a  special time to build friendships and become confident in using her voice. She now enjoys seeing kids working together and trusting each other through the experience.  

Mairee has not only excellent musical training and a beautiful voice but also a strong faith background, growing up as a pastor’s child and coming to a personal faith in high school. She graduated from Wheaton College and met her husband Dave at a church in Chicago. After taking the position at the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, Mairee moved to Baltimore. Dave joined her, they married and now have five children, Mercy (MJ), Danny, Anna, David, and Johnny. Mairee homeschools her children and is active in other ministries at Central. 

A second session of the choir will start in February 2024 to prepare Easter Sunday music. 

For more information,  about joining or volunteering with Children’s Choir contact adavidson@centralpc.org.

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