The Jackson County Children’s Choir is a community based choir made up of young people in grades three through eight from all over Jackson County.

Formed in Ripley in 2008, under the direction of Rita Douglas, the Jackson County Children’s Choir was developed to provide the children of Jackson County with the opportunity to learn and perform music.

Each year students around Jackson County must audition to participate. The choir performs in competitions and shows around the area.

Lauren Bailey, a seventh grader at Ripley Middle School, first learned about the group at a children’s music camp in Goldtown where Douglas was the choir teacher. Bailey has been a member of the Jackson County Children’s Choir for four years now.

“Ms. Rita is a good teacher and does a good job working with kids,” Bailey said. “Each year the concerts get better and better.”

The choir will be performing their spring concert, “The Greatest Show!” at the Ripley High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on May 21.

Celebrating 10 years of choir, the group will be sharing a memory of the past with music from Annie as well as pieces from “The Greatest Showman.”

Everyone who has participated over the years is invited to attend and join the group for a song or two.

Admission is on a donation basis and all funds collected go to a worthy cause determined by the children. This year the choir has chosen to give all monetary donations received to a very special recipient to be named at the end of the concert.

For more information on the Jackson County Children’s Choir, visit their Facebook page under Jackson Co. Children’s Choir.