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“The energy, enthusiasm and expertise of this dynamic musical staff ensure an exceptional educational and artistic experience for the children of Southern California Children’s Chorus”

Dr. David Brunner
Professor of Music
University of Central Florida

Concert Chorus - Lori Loftus, Director
Concert Chorus
The Concert Chorus is SCCC’s premier performing/touring chorus. Choristers are chosen from auditions held May, August and early September of each year. The Concert Chorus is comprised of approximately 70 choristers primarily from grades 7 through 12. Choristers are promoted to the Concert Chorus upon displaying the maturity and musical and vocal skills needed to meet the challenge of learning and performing a large, sophisticated and difficult performance repertoire. It is required that a member at this level regards the chorus as top priority in personal scheduling. A yearly camp is scheduled in October from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. The Concert Chorus performs regularly throughout Southern California for public and private organizations. They tour nationally and internationally every other summer. The Concert Chorus rehearses two hours weekly, and includes music theory, Kodaly sight singing and ear training. Additional rehearsals are called as needed before tours or other special engagements.

 

Ensemble Chorus

Concert Chorus Ensemble - Lori Loftus, Director
The Concert Chorus Ensemble is a specialized group of approximately 24 vocal artists. Auditions for the SCCC’s Ensemble are held in May, August and early September. The group rehearses weekly for 1 hour and Performs for limited engagements. Musicianship, vocal coaching and Extensive study of repertoire are areas of focus in the ensemble.

 

Advanced Chorus

Advanced Chorus - Carol Aspling, Director
Advanced Chorus members are chosen from auditions held in May, August and early September of each year. The Advanced Chorus is comprised of approximately 50 members from grades 6-10. This is the entry-level chorus for members of this age group with vocal readiness, maturity and musicianship. The Advanced Chorus provides continued training in vocal technique, breathing, theory, Kodaly sight singing, ear training and the development of performance technique. Choristers remain at this level until they have mastered the skills required to move on to the Concert Chorus. The period of time varies widely with individuals and can range from 1 to 3 years. The Advanced Chorus meets two hours weekly. Performance opportunities include approximately 4 events each fall and spring, and a possible weekend tour or music education camp.

 

Intermediate Chorus

Intermediate Chorus - Betsy Olson, Director
Intermediate Chorus members are chosen from auditions held in May, August and early September of each year. The Intermediate Chorus is comprised of approximately 50 choristers from grades 4-6. This is the usual entry-level chorus for new members of this age group with vocal readiness and maturity. The Intermediate Chorus provides extensive training in vocal technique, breathing theory, Kodaly sight singing, ear training and the development of performance technique. Choristers remain at this level until they have mastered the skills required to move on to the Advanced Chorus. The period of time varies widely with individuals and can range from 1 to 3 years. The Intermediate Chorus meets two hours weekly. Performance opportunities include approximately 4 events each fall and spring.

 

Apprentice Chorus

Apprentice Chorus - Susan Gerling, Director
Apprentice Chorus members are chosen from auditions held in May, August and early September of each year. The Apprentice Chorus is comprised of approximately 65 choristers from grades 2 and 3. This entry-level chorus for new members is a readiness program in which the basics of vocal production and musicianship are presented in a manner suitable for the age group. The emphasis is on musicianship training as developed by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly. Limited public performances are scheduled during the year, including annual Holiday and Spring Concerts; however, the emphasis at this level is preparatory training.

The Early Birds rehearse from 4:20 - 5:20 and the Late Birds from 5:30 - 6:30.

 

 

Primary Chorus

Primary Chorus - Jerome Healy, Director
Primary Chorus is designed for children in the first grade. Children at this level will begin to read some pitches and simple rhythms. Through the use of the Kodaly Method the children are introduced to solfa syllables and their relationship to the staff and to each other. At first the melodic and rhythmic patterns – which are based on childhood chants – are simple, but the children learn to associate them with the solfa syllables. In time, the children will be able to read basic pitch and rhythm patterns at sight. The repertoire of Primary Chorus includes folk songs and singing games, which are fun to sing. Primary Chorus singers are prepared for further instruction in subsequent levels of the Southern California Children's Chorus. The Primary Chorus meets weekly for 40 minutes.

 

Kinder Chorus

Kinder Chorus - Jerome Healy, Director
Kinder Chorus is designed for children 5 years of age. With repeated experiences Kinder Chorus singers will begin to develop and perceive the concepts of music, which include the sense of steady beat and rhythm. The repertoire of songs in Kinder Chorus include a wealth of age-old folk songs and singing games, which are pleasing and possess aesthetic value. All of this is accomplished through the use of the Kodaly Method of music instruction for children. Kinder Chorus singers are prepared for more detailed instruction found in subsequent levels of the Southern California Children's Choir. The Kinder Chorus meets weekly for 40 minutes.

 

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