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.)
- 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Repertory Chorus Audition Requirements:
Prepared Song (memorized) – This song can be a folk song, a chorus song from school choir, a hymn, art song, Broadway song, patriotic song, multicultural song, etc. Please bring an extra copy for the pianist.
Happy Birthday (acapella) – The singer will be asked to sing this song without piano accompaniment and will only be given the starting pitch. Click here for a copy of the music.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat (canon) – The singer will be asked to sing this song in canon (a round ) with another person. The singer should be prepared to perform either part of the canon. Click here for a copy of the music.
Additional Audition activities:
Vocalises (warm-ups) to check range.
Tonal Memory and Ear Training – The singer will be asked to sing back, on ‘loo’, a short melody that has been sung to them. The singer will be asked sing back the different notes of a triad that have been played on the piano.
Rhythmic accuracy and Memory – The singer will be asked to echo a short rhythmic pattern that has been clapped to them.
Reading – The singer will be asked to read a short poem.