Georgia Murray will give an acoustic performance Saturday while helping to form a music program for the youth of Port McNeill.

Georgia Murray will give an acoustic performance Saturday while helping to form a music program for the youth of Port McNeill.

Coming back to give back

Murray will return Saturday for a meeting to determine the direction of the Wild Heart Music Program.

PORT McNEILL—Georgia Murray said her singing career got its start with help from the band and choir classes she attended as a youth in Port McNeill.

Now, she says, it’s time the youth in the community had that chance again.

Murray, who currently lives in and works out of Victoria, will return to her hometown Saturday and perform an acoustic set during a meeting to determine the direction of the Wild Heart Music Program, which is expected to begin in January.

The meeting will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Gualbert (A Frame) Church, and the committee working with Murray to form the program are hoping to draw students, musicians, teachers and anybody else who may want to be a part of the program.

“We’ll talk about our vision and accept input from those who have their own ideas,” Murray said. “Our hope is to get a choir assembled, and eventually set up lessons on guitar and piano.”

Murray last month helped raise more than $16,000 through an online auction, to provide seed money for the project.

Her mother, Deborah Murray of Port McNeill, a member of the Wild Heart Music board, said the intention is to make the program sustainable, and to keep it free to the children.

“We want to cater to the needs of the community,” Deborah Murray said of Saturday’s meeting. “We don’t want to shut any doors, and we want to find out what kind of support is out there for the program.”