CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

30-minute (or 45 minutes) online choral rehearsals focusing on age-appropriate choral technique, musicianship, music theory, and choral repertoire. Our approach focuses on building community through choral music, and we are very excited to include newly commissioned work by Stacey Philipps in our repertoire this year.

Our directors have spent a year effectively teaching choir on zoom! Their techniques include private voice lessons in breakout rooms, group warm-ups, collaborative music theory lessons, and utilizing music programs like Soundtrap to record, assess, and offer individualized growth opportunities.

Kindergarten – 2nd grade

4:00 – 4:30 pm

3rd – 6th grade
4:45 – 5:15 pm

7th – 9th Grade
5:30 – 6:15 pm

10th – 12th grade
6:30 – 7:15 pm

In-person rehearsals for ages 12+ vaccinated only
Class description: Coming soon! Registration is not currently open for this option.

For Tuition & Schedules, click here. 

SPECIAL OFFER: Attend a class for free. You’re invited to meet our new Artistic Director and see what singing with ORSYC is all about. If you have a great time (and we think you will) we can work with you directly on tuition payment that reflects how many rehearsals are left in the Session. To take advantage of this offer, sign-up on this Google form and we’ll send you the zoom details to attend. It’s that easy! Invite your friends to join you too!


the choirs of orsyc

(Note: These descriptions and opportunities represent a typical season; not for the 2021-2022 season.)

PRIMO

Our Primo Choir is specially designed for pre-K and kindergarten-aged children to explore the wonderful world of singing. Singers attend the 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 the 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 the 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 on 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 on 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 skills in 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.