Divisions


Stepping Stones - ages 4-5 (preparatory)

Times: 2:10-2:50 pm  Director: Grace Henrie

Young children learn best through play.  Their brains are designed to soak up stimuli, and to organize and integrate it through hands-on exploration.  A rich musical environment supports the emerging tonal and rhythm skills of these young choristers.  Stepping Stones provides stimulating musical experiences in an atmosphere that is friendly and supportive, and thereby offers ample opportunity for these young musicians to develop the foundations necessary for a lifetime of musical growth!  Children should demonstrate readiness by being able to listen and follow directions.  Please note that Stepping Stones is a preparatory division, not a performing choir.  These choristers join the older choristers briefly in each of the two home concerts (Winter and Spring).  Rehearsal times may fluctuate prior to performance.  Events:  Winter and Spring Concerts

Pathways - ages 6-7 (preparatory)  

Times: 3:00-3:40 pm   Director: Grace Henrie

Children in this division are in the process of developing and/or solidifying tonal and rhythm competence (that is, the ability to sing in tune in multiple keys and the ability to keep a steady beat at various tempi).  They also are discovering their natural, healthy singing voice (sometimes called “head voice”).  A multi-sensory approach to music is especially important for this age group.  Repetition and modeling are key components of the program.  The Pathways division utilizes unison folk and art music, singing and movement games, and rhythm and tonal activities to nurture the musical growth of each child.  Children should demonstrate readiness by being able to listen and follow directions.  Primarily a preparatory division, Pathways stresses the joy of music-making and the acquisition and solidification of rhythmic and tonal foundations.  Choristers participate briefly in each of the two home concerts (Winter and Spring).  Rehearsal times may fluctuate prior to performance.  An attendance policy applies.  Events:  Winter and Spring Concerts

Youth Ensemble - ages 8-10

Times: 2:30-3:20   Directors: Janet DeFreitas and Denise Hayes

Youth Ensemble serves choristers who are ready to delve into the formal art of choral singing.  The ability to sing consistently in a natural, healthy voice (sometimes referred to as “head voice”) is a main goal of this division.  The musical score is the primary springboard for learning.  Unison singing is emphasized, and harmony is introduced as well.  Vocal technique, diction, sight-singing, rhythm-reading, interpretation and form are all components of the program.  Select pieces are sung in foreign languages.  Artistic expression is fostered through examination of the musical texts.  A spirit of cooperation is encouraged, and commitment to the artistic process is expected. Individual practice at home is required at times.  These singers participate in at least two home concerts.  Participation in this ensemble carries with it a commitment to fellow singers, which means that choristers are expected to attend all scheduled performances.  Monday rehearsal times may fluctuate and/or increase prior to performances.  An attendance policy applies. Events:  Mandatory Fall Kick-off (held on a Monday in September); Winter and Spring Concerts; 1-2 Friday or Saturday rehearsals; Additional performances are rare, but may be scheduled.

Covenant Choir – ages 11-up

Times: 4:15-5:30 pm Director: Denise Hayes

Covenant Choir is a performance division which meet the unique needs of the boys’ and girls’ adolescent voices.  Boys and girls rehearse separately as well as in a full choir setting.  Art, folk and newly-composed music comprises the repertoire, which includes unison songs as well as music in 2-3 parts.  Vocal technique, diction, sight singing, rhythm reading, interpretation, and form are all components of the program.  Select pieces are sung in foreign languages.  Artistic expression is fostered through examination of the musical texts.  A spirit of cooperation is encouraged, and commitment to the artistic process is expected.  Choristers are required to practice their music at home during the week (the amount of time varies according to the age of the singer).  These singers participate in at least two home concerts, and other performances as scheduled.  Participation in this ensemble carries with it a commitment to fellow singers, which means that choristers are expected to attend all scheduled performances.  There may be some extra cost for travel and/or special events, not to exceed $150 per year.  Monday rehearsal times may fluctuate and/or increase prior to performance. An attendance policy applies. Events:  Mandatory Fall Kickoff (held on a Monday in September); Winter and Spring Concerts; 1-2 Friday or Saturday rehearsals; Additional performances as scheduled.

Kindred Singers - staff placement

Times: 5:45-7:00 pm   Director: Denise Hayes

Kindred Singers is a performance division which aspires to excellence in musical performance and artistic expression.  An audition is required.  An exceptional commitment is required on the part of these choristers and their parents.  Rehearsals are conducted at an advanced level and utilize challenging repertoire.  Choristers must exhibit strong musical skills (including the ability to sight-sing and the ability to hold a vocal part independently), healthy vocal production, a basic understanding of music theory, and the willingness to make participation in Kindred Choir a priority.  KS also rehearses with CC for 45 minutes each week (Juniors and Seniors not in their first year of KS are exempt.).  Choristers are required to practice at home for at least 40 minutes per week. Parents are asked to support this division beyond the two-hour commitment, by driving, coordinating and/or chaperoning.  Participation in this ensemble carries with it a commitment to fellow singers, which means that choristers are expected to attend all scheduled performances.  There may be some extra cost for travel and/or special events, not to exceed $400 per year.  Monday rehearsal times may fluctuate and/or increase prior to performances.  An attendance policy applies.  Events:  Mandatory Fall Kickoff (held on a Monday in September); Winter and Spring Concerts; One-day Winter Tour; 3-4 Friday or Saturday rehearsals; Additional performances as scheduled.