— The Black Bear Conservatory of Music, based in Hawley, has announced an expansion of its highly successful Community Children's Choir program for the fall of 2012.

Meeting on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 25, the conservatory will offer a youth choir for students ages 4-8 year (K through second grade) and an intermediate choir for students ages 9-14 years (third grade through eighth grade).

Under the direction of Alvera Sylvester, a professional educator, singer and clinician with more than 30 years of experience coaching the youth of the region, the program is open to all students throughout the Lake Region (PA), Sullivan County (NY) and surrounding regions.

No experience is necessary. Learn how to read music, gain confidence and have fun in a relaxed professional atmosphere. The season will culminate with a festive series of performances.

To kick off the 2012-13 choir season, BBCM is also offering a two-day Choir Boot Camp, entitled "Semper Fa." This event will be offered at the Conservatory's main campus on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 21 and 23, from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Semper Fa" is open to students, ages 4-14, who wish to expand their musical horizons in an interactive group setting. Singers, instrumentalists, and first-time musicians will have a blast learning the basics of singing, music making and group collaboration.

Further information regarding both programs can be found on the Conservatory's website at www.blackbearmusic.org or by calling 570-226-7606 x3. Pre-registration begins now and can be done over the phone or in person at 519 Church Street, Hawley.

Low-cost registration is available to all participants. BBCM is a non-profit, community-based conservatory of arts dedicated to "Excellence in Music Education."