DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - They’ve been called the best kept secret in Livingston Parish.
Young students from all walks of life and different schools across the area come together as one voice.
It’s a voice that’s traveled around the world since 1991.
It’s a strict operation made up of beginning and experienced young ladies with one common passion.
“My friends will constantly find me humming or tapping my foot.”
“It’s all about the music. I love everything about it.”
For 28 years, The Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs have been entertaining audiences not only in south Louisiana, but around the world. And it’s all been under the direction of Barbara Walker, the guidance of her co-founder and Mother Miss Regina, and the piano accompaniment of Karen Mcgibboney.
“We have gone all over the place. We’ve sung for two governors, for a president, Carnegie Hall, several European trips, we’ve done service tours, we have done so many things and still some people here in Livingston Parish don’t even know we’re here.”
But those who do know, understand the impact the program has had on the community through even the toughest of times.
“We had a full rehearsal right after the flood. And that says a lot for our community and the parents the way they support what we do.”
“They’re like my family. And Miss Barbara’s like the mom of all of us.”
A mom that could not be more proud of where her singers end up when they leave the nest.
“They run their church music programs. They sing in choirs at their universities. I have one student right now on Broadway (Molly Rushing). I have one student about to launch an opera career. Very different. I have many teachers out there but what I like is I also got a lot of mommas and daddys who love to sing to their kids.”