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Always in the vanguard of political correctness, the city of Berkeley, Calif., now can lay claim to a high school choir for the "melodically challenged.''

Founded last fall by Monica White, a student at Berkeley High School, the six-member Tone Deaf Choir aims to broaden the singing opportunities available to students who never met a note they could hit.

"We're trying to make tone-deaf students feel better about their singing, and not annoy the rest of the world in the attempt,'' says Ms. White.

Auditions for the tin-eared troupe are open "to anyone who wants to make a fool of themselves,'' according to Ms. White. She adds that singers with talent may join the group provided they can manage to sound bad.

While the Tone Deaf Choir has not yet graced live audiences with its cacophonous repertoire, they have performed "Auld Lang Syne'' and "Amazing Grace'' during local radio interviews.

Ms. White doubts that too much practice will spoil the choir's singular talent for off-key entertaiment.

"The point is not to get better,'' she says, "but to have fun.''--S.K.G.

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