About The Forest-Aires
The Forest-Aires was founded in 1962 by Sylvia Gilchrist. She gathered Forest Hills PTA moms to rehearse and perform popular choral music for the sheer joy of singing. Over the years, women from the east side of Hamilton County and Clermont County have joined the group. In a short time after its founding, the chorus was able to raise money from performances to donate to the music program in the Forest Hills Schools. After donating funds for equipment, the chorus was then able to raise enough money to start The Forest-Aires Scholarship Program to fund voice lessons for high school students. That program is still in existence and The Forest-Aires has awarded voice scholarships to more than 240 high school students, and another six students will be chosen this fall.
Before 1962, the chorus was known as the Mother Singers. “Rumor has it that a newspaper printed a typographical error, headlining the chorus as the Mother Sinners ,” says Nancy McCullough, who joined the Forest-Aires in 1969 and still performs. At that point, the ladies decided to change the group’s name to The Forest-Aires.
The objective of The Forest-Aires’ scholarships is to enrich the lives of local students through music, deepen the music learning they receive at school, and help prepare them for advanced study or music performance, if they choose. Through these scholarships, they learn not only singing, but also discipline, mental training, great satisfaction of achieving a goal, and skills needed to appear before an audience. You will see the scholarship winners performing in school, community shows, and churches. Many of them study music and theatre in college and, then, onto careers in music.
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