Singers find their voices
YOUNG and aspiring singers in Ipswich have access to free lessons thanks to St Paul's Anglican Church musical director Michelle Jaques.
Ms Jaques started the church's Young Singers group in 2007 with the aim of teaching children to sing both traditional church music and popular music that is appropriate for the age group.
The experienced vocal trainer said her dream was to have the children sing at baptism services once a month, eventually bringing the group up to a high enough standard to sing along with the adult church choir during services.
"There is no stress from eisteddfod performances, but the kids do get lots of opportunities to perform for the church community if they wish," Ms Jaques said.
"The group is small, which means they get individual attention, which means they learn to sing really well."
At just 10, Grace Cramer became one of the Young Singers' newest members after initially approaching Ms Jaques for singing lessons.
Her mum Karen said Grace hadn't stopped singing since starting her training with the group about six months ago.
"She would like to be a professional singer when she is older," Mrs Cramer said.
"She is already becoming a lot more confident and is picking up her skills and technique.
"Michelle uses a lot of fun techniques and as a result, Grace is always singing around the house.
"It's a really good choir that has helped build up her ability in a fun way."
Ms Jaques said none of the St Paul's choirs required auditions for entry and all were welcome.
Contact Ms Jaques on 3294 7740.