Choral Program

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NSM Choirs Fall 2020 Phased Reopening Plan

Phase 1: Fully Remote

Chorus students will meet in small groups of 4-5 via Zoom with the choir director. Students will focus on musicianship skills (note and rhythm reading, sight reading, aural theory, etc.) as well as beginning to learn choral repertoire for the season. Students will be given small assignments to work on in preparation for the following week’s session.

Training Choir: 30 minute small group sessions

Repertory Chorus: 50 minute small group sessions

Phase 2: Hybrid/Blended In-Person Rehearsals

Each choir will be split into two groups (depending on numbers), Group A and Group B. These small groups will alternate between rehearsing in-person and attending rehearsals remotely. Students in the remote group for the week would be required to attend and participate via Zoom which will be live during rehearsal. Students in the in-person group will be required to wear masks at all times during rehearsals as well as anywhere in the NSM building.

Phase 2 schedule will be as follows:

Training Choir: 9:00-9:50

Room Cleaning: 9:50-10:15

Repertory Chorus: 10:15-12:00

Phase 3: Full In-Person Rehearsals

All choir members will return for in-person rehearsals. The decision to return to such a rehearsal will be based on CDC guidelines as well as guidelines and best practices set forth by The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA.)

The Vision of the Choral Program at New School of Music:
  • To create literate musicians and instill artistic excellence through choral music.
  • To provide its members with a broad experience of choral singing through music from different time periods, cultures, and genres.
  • To foster musical independence, leadership, self-confidence, teamwork, discipline, and commitment in all singers.
  • To enrich the lives of singers from all cultural and economic backgrounds.

Training Choir | ages 5-8

Saturdays 9:00-9:50am | September 19, 2020 – January 23, 2021

Director: Rachael Chagat | Tuition: $365 | Register now!

Singers will be introduced to the fundamentals of choral singing with focus on building the necessary skills of pitch-matching, listening, and rhythm.
*This ensemble does NOT require an audition.

Repertory Chorus | ages 9-17

Saturdays 10:15am-12:00pm | September 19, 2020 – January 23, 2021

Director: Rachael Chagat | Tuition: $460 | Register now! 

Emphasis in this ensemble will be on proper vocal technique, sight reading skills, aural training, and musicianship. Singers will explore and perform secular, sacred, and popular music as well as music from different cultures and genres. This ensemble will exhibit the highest level of music making and choral singing.

*Membership in this choir is by audition only. Virtual auditions for Repertory Chorus will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:00pm. To schedule a 15-minute audition, please email

“I love choir because it feels like a family.” ~Ruby, age 10
“Choir is one place where I can be myself without judgment. The people are fun and everyone loves to sing.” ~ Julia, age 15
“The two things I love most about choir are that we sing really nice songs and everyone is so kind.” ~ Lyanne, age 9
“You get to meet new people and sing new songs!” Maisy, age 10

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