the choirs of orsyc 

ORS Youth Choirs rehearse weekly on Tuesday afternoons/evenings at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Northeast Portland. All ORSYC choirs perform at two mandatory primary concerts each season, in December and May. Approximate ranges of grade levels are offered for each choir, however placement (especially in Brioso and Vivo choirs) is tailored to each student's experience, maturity, and knowledge. Read through the descriptions of our choirs below, and check out our weekly schedule and important dates for more information about the season.

 

PRIMO

Our Primo Choir is specially designed for pre-K and kindergarten aged children to explore the wonderful world of singing. Singers attend class for 45 minutes each week. Rehearsal begins with a 30 minute music class with kids participating in singing games and movement activities designed to strengthen their ability to match pitch and keep a steady beat. In the spring, they begin learning skills that will lead to music literacy.  During the last 15 minutes, the children rehearse concert music while learning proper singing posture and exercises to strengthen breathing and singing in tune.  


POCO

 

Our Poco choir is open to children in grades 1 - 3 who are seeking new adventures as a choir member! Performing with multiple grades creates wonderful new growth and leadership opportunities. They will also begin learning the skills necessary for musical independence in our musicianship classes.

Singers in Poco choir attend ORSYC for one hour each week. They participate in a 30 minute musicianship class, based on the Methods of Zoltan Kodaly. They work on music literacy skills through a variety of singing games, movement and listening activities. They then participate in a 30 minute choir rehearsal, where they learn appropriate choir posture, breathing and vocalizing, along with singing age-appropriate choral literature of the highest quality.  Unison and canonic 2-part singing is the focus of this choir.


BRIOSO

Brioso choir is open to children with an intermediate skill musical skill level who love to sing.  The choir performs challenging music and has exciting new performance opportunities. Our Brioso musicianship curriculum takes a more challenging turn for musical independence during their musicianship classes. Choristers typically spend 3 years in this ensemble.

Singers in Brioso choir attend ORSYC for 90 minutes each week. They participate in a separate 30 minute musicianship class where they work on music literacy skills, based on the methods of Zoltan Kodaly.  They then sing for 60 minutes in a choir rehearsal, learning appropriate breathing, blending  and vocal techniques.  The choral literature is written by many different composers in a variety of different styles and languages.  Unison, 2-part, and 3 -part singing is the focus of this choir.


VIVO - TREBLE VOICES


Vivo Choir is open to treble voice singers with advanced musical skill level. This group is for singers who demonstrate strong musicianship skills and have experience singing in choirs or playing an instrument. Students participate in separate rehearsals and musicianship classes that focus on sight-reading and ear-training exercises based in the methods of Zoltan Kodaly.

Singers in Vivo Choir attend ORSYC for two hours each week. They participate in a separate 30 minute musicianship class where they work on music literacy skills. They then sing for 90 minutes in a choir rehearsal (45 minutes for treble voices and 45 minutes with concert choir), learning appropriate breathing, blending  and vocal techniques.  The choral literature is written by many different composers in a variety of different styles and languages.  SSA, SSAA, SAB, and SATB literature is the focus of this choir.

VIVO - EXPANDING VOICES

Vivo Choir-Expanding Voices is for adolescents with expanding voices. This group is designed to specifically work with the vocal development singers with lowering voices. This group is for singers who demonstrate strong musicianship skills and have experience singing in choirs or playing an instrument. Students participate in separate rehearsals and musicianship classes that focus on sight-reading and ear-training exercises based in the methods of Zoltan Kodaly.

Singers in Vivo Choir attend ORSYC for two hours each week. They participate in a separate 30 minute musicianship class where they work on music literacy skills. They then sing for 90 minutes in a choir rehearsal (45 minutes for expanding voices and 45 minutes with concert choir), learning appropriate breathing, blending  and vocal techniques.  The choral literature is written by many different composers in a variety of different styles and languages. SSA, SSAA, SAB, and SATB


CHAMBER SINGERS


Chambers Singers is an audition based group open to advanced voices enrolled in Vivo . Chamber Singers members must demonstrate advanced musicianship and vocal skillsin their audition. This group meets for 30 minutes, after Vivo rehearsal ends. This group is for singers who wish to learn  skills about leading ensembles.  They have the opportunity to sing for additional performances when a smaller group is requested, as well as at all regular youth choir performances.