About the Oregon Repertory Singers
Youth Choir Music Education Program
Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choirs is a music education and performance-based program unmatched in the region for children ages 5-18. ORSYC includes six choirs, including our brand new Young Men's Choir. Research has shown that children who experience music instruction benefit academically and socially throughout their lives. Children who sing in choirs do better in school, make friends and build skills that benefit them throughout their lives. ORSYC is proud to provide choral music education with weekly choir rehearsals and musicianship classes, as well as several performance opportunities each season.
The ORSYC program includes weekly rehearsals, as well as musicianship classes based on the incredible teaching of the Kodaly method. In these classes, students at all levels (Grades 1-12) have the opportunity to refine their skills in music theory and ear training in a unique format outside of the traditional choral rehearsal. Students learn to sing what they see, and write what they hear. These skills lead to musical independence for each singer, a more satisfying choral experience, and a lifelong confidence in any choral situation! Increasing the music skills of young performers promotes music as a continuing thread in their lives. With an emphasis on personal excellence and professional conduct, the young singers learn valuable life skills in addition to receiving important music education.
About the Kodaly Method
The Kodaly approach was inspired and developed by Hungarian composer and educator Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967). The Kodaly method focuses on music reading and writing through singing. These skills are acquired through sequential learning:
1) Repetition of singing games and folk songs creates a foundation of age-appropriate material.
2) Extracting melodic and rhythmic elements and concepts from within those songs allows children to recognize patterns and internalize knowledge before the concepts are given a name.
3) Singers then apply their now familiar knowledge in different musical contexts.
This sequence of prepare, present and practice is at the heart of the Kodaly philosophy. All ORSYC musicianship instructors and choir directors have gone through extensive training in the Kodaly method.
Oregon Repertory Singers is not affiliated with any organization or religion. We enjoy our long relationship with our rehearsal venue, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and are thankful for their continued partnership.