WINFIELD — The Community Music School at Southwestern College is accepting students for JourneyKids Choir, a choral opportunity for all students in the third through sixth grades in Winfield and surrounding communities. The group, now entering its third year, is made up of students from Cowley County.

Brandi Young, the new executive director for the Community Music School, said JourneyKids Choir provides a positive experience for kids.

“The JourneyKids Choir focuses on the development of community within the group, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for student bonding and camaraderie,” she said.

The group is directed by Nikki Kirk, an elementary music educator at Jefferson and C-4 elementary schools in Arkansas City. She also serves as director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield.

Kirk has taught general music, band, and choir for more than 10 years in Kansas and her home state of West Virginia. She also served as an instructor at Coffeyville Community College.

In addition, the group is accompanied by Winfield pianist and Community Music School teacher Marsha Granberry.

JourneyKids schedule of events

Voice placements at Arkansas City Middle School will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

Voice placements also will be held at Winfield Middle School from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

All newly interested students, along with returning students, are asked to schedule a voice placement hearing to get to know Kirk prior to the start of rehearsals.

Rehearsals will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Room 207 in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus, starting Sept. 19.

The fee per semester for involvement in the group is $15 a month or $100 for the year, paid on or before Sept. 30.

For more information or to schedule a voice placement, call Young at (620) 229-6188 or email

About Southwestern College

Southwestern is a private liberal arts college founded in 1885 by Methodists in south-central Kansas.

Today, its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extracurricular offerings attracting traditionally aged students from throughout the nation and the world.

Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for those serving in the military.

The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

This information was provided by Southwestern College News Bureau Coordinator Charles Osen.