My Turn – Childrens’ voices make sweet music

Portales' Heather Vest wears many hats — music teacher, wife to ENMU voice Professor Jason Vest, mom of four — but her favorite might be that of founder and director of the Eastern New Mexico Children's Choir, which kicks off a new season next week.

"Rehearsing with the choir is my favorite hour of each week," Heather says. "The biggest benefit for me is the opportunity to create something beautiful with these children."

This talented ever-evolving group of kids from grades 3 through 8 puts on a concert at the end of each semester, and also performed for the last two years at the ENMU holiday concert. In 2012, they sang at the ENMU spring choir concert, and joined Andy Mason for a couple numbers at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theater.

Since its beginning in 2010, Heather says the real change has been in the choir's musical ability.

"We began our first year with very easy music," she said. "Now they are singing very complex music, on par with children's choirs in larger cities."

Sign-ups for the spring semester are scheduled for 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby at the ENMU Music Building. Cost is $100 per child. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Questions? Call 562-2371.

Childrens' voices make such a sweet soundtrack for our community.

Betty Williamson almost wishes she was nine again, but not quite. You may contact her at

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