Auditioned Choirs

Children and youth in 3rd through 12th grade require an audition for placement purposes. Each choir level builds a foundation of skills for the next level. Weekly rehearsals consist of between 20-30 students at each site, with the full choir gathering for all-together rehearsals and performances Fill out the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page to learn more and/or schedule an audition for our upcoming Fall 2018 Semester.

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Apprentice Choir (grades 3–5)

Margie Orem, Music Director

  • Meets one time a week from September through June at one of the following locations:
  • Children match and repeat pitches and rhythms, are competent English readers and function comfortably in the group rehearsal environment
  • They continue to develop their well-supported healthy singing voice (head-voice) and work weekly on a sequential music literacy curriculum
  • They sing in unison, frequently in rounds and occasional two-part repertoire in many languages and present five to eight local public performances yearly, including an optional full-day mini-tour each spring

Please note: Children entering 3rd grade may elect to audition for Apprentice Choir or join the non-auditioned Preparatory Choir.

 

Intermediate Choir (grades 5–8)

Ruthie Millgard, Artistic Director

  • Meets one time a week from September through June at one of the following locations:
  • Children continue to hone posture, breathing and vocal technique, developing a greater degree of musical independence through part-singing, sight-singing and aural skills
  • They participate in discussions regarding style, cultural context and history of various repertoire
  • They are local ambassadors of the Choir and frequently represent the organization at events. Intermediate choristers are becoming vocal and social leaders through development of their musical skills and confidence. This ensemble begins advanced level repertoire singing in two, three and four part rounds, and has six to 10 public performances and concerts each season, including an optional full-day mini-tour each spring
 

PREMIER Choir (grades 7–12)

Ruthie Millgard, Artistic Director

  • Meets one time a week from September through June at one of the following locations:
  • At this level, choristers sing independently in three-four parts. They demonstrate advanced vocal techniques, fluency in sight-reading and harmony, and perform music successfully in a variety of languages and styles
  • Advanced sight singing and aural skills, an understanding and analysis of the choral score, a secure sense of vocal independence and adaptability as a performer are taught and emphasized
  • Youth take on elected roles to further develop leadership and independence both in and out of the Choir program
  • Extensive home study is required intermittently throughout the year
  • Choristers are required to attend an overnight retreat at the start of the fall semester, and perform in eight to 15 concerts each season, including local collaborative and high-profile performances. They have the opportunity to participate in summer tours that alternate from national to international each year

 
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Chamber Choir (Grades 10–12)

Ruthie Millgard, Artistic Director

  • Meets one time a week from September through June at the following location:
  • Simultaneous participation in Premier Choir is required to participate in the level, including all required events and retreats.
  • Choristers in this changed voice ensemble are expected to exhibit advanced musical independence and be able to sing mixed-voice choral works with confidence
  • Extensive home study is required intermittently throughout the year

Enrollment Information

The first step in the enrollment process is to contact us for an audition. The Choir conducts five- to ten-minute individual auditions with one of our artistic staff. Auditions are conducted in a relaxed, informal atmosphere and are based on age, vocal ability, and musical experience. A love of singing and enthusiasm for music are the most important requirements. Choristers are re-evaluated annually to assess their progress and determine their readiness for placement into more advanced chorus levels. Contact us to learn more and schedule an audition. We'd love to hear from you!