The Kids’ Orchestra announces its new program, Kids’ Choir, for the 2014-15 school year.

The choir is open to all kindergarten through fifth-grade students in the Baton Rouge area and is under the direction of Sarah Bartolome, an assistant professor of music education at LSU.

The Kids’ Choir will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Christian Life Academy, 2037 Quail Drive, and monthly for weekend rehearsals with Kids’ Orchestra instrumental students. Transportation will be provided for Magnolia Woods Elementary students.

Tuition is $250 per semester and includes weekly instruction with a professional director, monthly rehearsals, an after-school snack and homework assistance. Scholarships are available for students receiving free or reduced lunch.

For information or registration, call (225) 922-4656, ext. 104; email; or visit

“Singing is at the heart of music instruction, and no one recognizes this more than our new choral director, Sarah (Bartolome),” says Jody Hanet, executive director of the Kids’ Orchestra. “With more than 50 children already signed up for the program, this ensemble will take your breath away.”

Bartolome is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she earned a bachelor of music degree in voice performance and music education, and Northwestern University, where she earned her master of music degree in music education with a concentration in voice performance and pedagogy. She received her doctorate in music education from the University of Washington in 2010.

Bartolome, a specialist in music for children and youth, taught elementary general music in both the Boston and Seattle metropolitan areas and has maintained a private voice studio since 2001. She is an active choral musician and sang for four years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival chorus. She also has conducted for such prestigious youth choirs as the Greater Boston Youth Chorus and the Seattle Girls’ Choir.