Keynotes Show Choir

This choir’s emphasis is Pop and Show tunes with choreography and dancing, building on proper vocal technique and musicianship at a more advanced level. The choir repertoire may also include other genres. A strong understanding of music and experience on stage is needed, and dancing experience is desirable. Singers will continue to develop their skills in ear training, vocal technique, and musicianship as they incorporate choreography and dance. Note this choir will perform sacred as well secular Christmas music in the December concert. Regular rehearsal attendance and a year long commitment is required for this choir of guys. It is a performing choir, so performances are mandatory as well.

Who Can Participate-

Keynotes is an intermediate to advanced show choir for boys 8th-12th grade. 2+ years’ previous choir experience and 1+ years’ dance experience recommended. Students in this choir may add Noteworthy Boys Ensemble as a second choir with no additional charge. Home school students welcome.

Auditions Required:

Vocal Audition for Keynotes: Students should come prepared to sing 32 bars of a song of choice using good diction, intonation, and vocal production. Recommended genres are Broadway, hymns, folk or art songs. Please avoid Pop music. Bring a recording to sing with or an accompanist. Please do not ask to sing unaccompanied. Students will also be asked to sing a scale and sight-read a short selection. 1-2+ years’ previous choir experience recommended.

Theory Test for Keynotes: A written theory test will be given to students auditioning. The test includes counting rhythms, identifying general music terms and concepts, labeling intervals, and naming notes in treble and bass clefs.

Dance Audition for Keynotes: Students will learn a short dance routine during the audition, then show proficiency in style, technique, accuracy and stage presence by performing it at the end of the audition. Dance experience recommended.

Our program is designed to be the length of each school year. Rehearsals are 1.25 hours vocal per week and 1.5 hours choreography per week at the Marjorie Stewart Senior Center, 21907 Southwest Sherwood Boulevard, Sherwood, OR 97140.

Tuition:

Tuition is $550 for this choir for the whole school year. 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.

Planned Performances:

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.

Director:

Louis Umbarger

Choreographer:

Tara Porter