To have talent? Try the US Military Spouse Choir

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The American Military Spouses Choir, a musical group that in 2013 was a top contender in NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” competition, is seeking more spouses to join its Washington, DC-based ensemble.

The auditions, scheduled for April 29 and May 6, are open to male and female spouses of active duty, National Guard, Reserve and retired members. The Center for American Military Music Opportunities, better known as CAMMO, established the choir in 2012 and operates it.

There is a male spouse in the choir, and managers want to add more men as well as women, said Cathie Lechareas, co-founder and chief executive of CAMMO.

CAMMO has other bands founded, including CAMMO Kids, which features military kids performing.

The choir’s performances help raise awareness and funds for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

CAMMO, in partnership with the USO of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area, will host the auditions at the USO Warrior and Family Center in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Audition times have not yet been determined and CAMMO will send music and materials in advance. To audition or ask questions about the audition, contact amsc@cammomusic.org and include a photo.

Spouses, in varying numbers, perform at various events and choir members are chosen for performances based on client or CAMMO needs. Choir performances are in demand for many “large-scale” events and a high professional standard is required, according to CAMMO officials.

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Being accepted into the choir means being on the choir’s list of members, but this does not guarantee that the spouse will be chosen for a specific event. Most performances that include new choir members will take place in the Washington, DC area, but some travel may be required.

Karen has covered military families, quality of life and consumer issues for Military Times for over 30 years, and co-authored a chapter on media coverage of military families in the book “A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families”. She previously worked for newspapers in Guam, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Florida and Athens, Ga.

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