This choir is for developing singers, emphasizing two part harmony, healthy vocal technique, solfege sight singing and theory, staging, choreography and performance. A theory packet of homework will be assigned to further develop measurable skills at an individual level. Students will develop their skills as they explore a variety of music including art songs, folk songs, spirituals, holiday, pop and Broadway music. Note this choir will perform sacred as well secular Christmas music in the December concert. Regular attendance and commitment is required to be in this choir.
A Dance Extension Class is also available to girls from this group combined with girls from Notables. This class will give the girls an opportunity to learn choreography at a pace and level that will be fun and engaging.
Who Can Participate:
Girls in grades 6 – 12 can participate in this choir. Home school students welcome.
An audition is required for new members only. Returning members do not need to re-audition. New members may be added after auditions in May, September, and January (or October by special appointment). 6th Grade girls with no previous choir experience may be placed in the Children’s Chorus at the discretion of the director, with the opportunity to audition for Girls Chorus in January.
Audition Form (See audition page for forms, and bring with you to the audition along with a photo)
An audition is required for the Dance Extension Class to determine personal motivation, aptitude and skill levels. Students will learn a short dance routine during the audition then perform it at the end of the audition. Participating in the extension class is recommended, but not required.
Come prepared to sing “My Country Tis of Thee, or a song of choice using good diction, intonation and vocal production. Recommended genres are Broadway, hymns, folk or art songs. Please avoid Pop music. If you bring your own song, provide the music for the director and bring a recording to sing with or an accompanist. Please do not ask to sing unaccompanied.
Vocalize with the director–echo/match groupings of 3 random pitches, and sing an 8 note descending scale.
Show your musical understanding by doing a short written test. The test will be very basic including labeling musical features on choral music, solfege hand signal identification, choir etiquette and basic rhythm concepts.
Our program is designed to be the length of each school year. For the 2016-2017 school year, rehearsals will be Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45 PM at the Marjorie Stewart Senior Center, 21907 Southwest Sherwood Boulevard, Sherwood, OR 97140. Dance Extension rehearsals will be Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45 PM.
Tuition is $325 for this choir for the whole school year. The Dance Extension class is an additional $75 for the whole school year. All students will also need to purchase a Choir Polo Shirt (approx. $15) which is the same for all choirs and can be reused each year if properly maintained and if it still fits.
VPA strives to give participants many opportunities to perform. Our Christmas Concert is held in December and our Spring Benefit Concert is held in May. Additional performances are planned for October and February.