NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Sixth through eighth grade students interested in joining the Piney Woods Chorale can audition for the group from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St.

The ensemble, directed by Nicole Stewart, who is assisted by Shelby Tillery, is offered through the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music.

The Piney Woods Chorale performs advanced choral music, singing in multiple parts and foreign languages. Members will learn intermediate theory, sight-singing and ear training. The chorale will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 15. Tuition is $120, and the new member uniform fee (Polo shirt) is $20.

"Students who have a sincere love of music and singing will enjoy this ensemble," Barnett said. "The Piney Woods Chorale will present an end-of-the-semester concert and perform at community events."

The Piney Woods Chorale will travel to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in June where the students will perform.

For more information about the chorale or any of the private or group lessons offered by the Music Preparatory Division, go to or contact Barnett via e-mail at or call her at (936) 468-1291.