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New Newton choral group hosts concert

Special Photo. Time Flies is a new young adult choir comprised largely of former members of Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers. The group will host its first concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church.

Special Photo. Time Flies is a new young adult choir comprised largely of former members of Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers. The group will host its first concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church.

COVINGTON -- Sisters Jodi Walden and Aubrey Evans both participated in Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers throughout elementary, middle and high school, an experience they cherished.

But once they graduated, they discovered they missed performing with a choral group, and there wasn't one for young adults in Newton County.

"I wanted to be able to continue this style of singing. When it wasn't there for so long, it was like something was missing. I tried church choir, but that wasn't what I was looking for," Evans said.

Now, six years after graduating high school and leaving Oxford Youth Singers, Evans has found what she's been searching for: A group called Time Flies that she helped found along with her sister and other alumni of the Oxford singing groups.

Like Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers, the group is under the auspices of the Arts Association in Newton County.

It was only fitting that Mary Lynn Luke was tapped to direct the new group of her former students.

"They said, 'You wouldn't be willing to take on a third group would you?' And I said, as long as we can rehearse on the same night as the other groups," Luke said.

When rehearsals began last summer, Luke said she'd keep the group going so long as there were at least eight members. Nine showed up at the first rehearsal. Since then, the group has grown to 20 members. Not all are former members of the Oxford singing groups -- some are students at Georgia Perimeter College, a sponsor of the group, and others are community members just looking for a place to showcase their love of singing.

Time Flies will perform its first concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, located 1169 Clark St., S.W.

Luke said the group will perform a "very eclectic" selection of songs.

"We haven't really found any one genre that we want to name it and claim it," she said.

So, the group will mix it up with a spiritual, a couple of sacred anthems, songs from the hit TV show "Glee," Irving Berlin compositions, a barbershop quartet and even a Capella hip hop/pop. The concert is expected to last an hour and is free and open to the public.

"If people out there enjoyed the singing of the children and youth singers in the past, they will enjoy seeing some of the faces of the young people in college now or even out of college, young adults who are alumni of that group," Luke said.

Evans, now married and expecting her first child, said Time Flies has filled the void that was left when she gave up choral singing after high school.

"I couldn't find that spark I was looking for in an activity. When we decided to do this, I found it. It brings so much to the community. I want it to be something to pass on," she said.

Her sister, a sophomore in college who will be moving later this year to attend Kennesaw State University, said she hopes the group will continue even as members move on.

"We need new members to keep it going," she said.

The group accepts members ages 18 to 29. Rehearsals are from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian Church. Rehearsals will resume for next season in late summer.

For more information, call the Arts Association at 770-786-8188.