Staff Photo: Erin Evans

Madison Giddens, left, a ninth-grade home-schooled student and Kimberly Stier, an eighth-grader at Cousins Middle School, audition for a spot with the Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers. Director Mary Lynn Luke listens intently as she plays the piano for the singers. Kimberly has been a member of the Oxford group for a year, but Monday's audition was Madison's first time to show what she can do. Public performances for the groups will include Christmas in Covington in December and in the spring they will perform a musical rendition of "The Wizard of Oz." Auditions will continue through Thursday. For more information, e-mail Abigail Coggin at acoggin@newtoncountyarts.org.