Interested in joining the Fall 2020 Virtual Musicianship Program but have more questions? Take a look at these Frequently Asked Questions to get more information. 

For additional questions about ORSYC, contact the office at [email protected] or 503-230-0652.

Does my child need to have previous singing experience?

Nope. All young people are welcome to participate regardless of prior music experience. Instructors will assess students throughout the program and recommend different placement if necessary. Musicianship classes are based on age, knowledge, and musical skills.

What is the Kodaly Method?

Zoltan Kodaly was a composer, ethnomusicologist, linguist, and philosopher who lived in Hungary in the first half of the 20th century. He developed a method of music education called the Kodaly Method in which singers learn to sing what they hear and write what they sing. ORSYC Artistic Director Kimberly Skondin and many of the musicianship instructors are certified in the Kodaly Method.

How will my child participate in these musicianship classes? What does my child need to have on hand?

Students will log-in with a private Zoom link provided upon enrollment in the program. Each class will be lead by a musicianship instructor and have one additional support monitor. Instructors will let students know if they need basic supplies, such as pencil and paper, at each session.

 Are parent volunteers needed? 

Always! We are a large organization with over 200 members and only three office staff. Volunteers are essential to how the organization has continued to operate for nearly five decades. In particular, there are several volunteer positions to support the virtual program. For example, rehearsal support, program promotion, etc. Please reach out [email protected] for more information. 

Will there be a chance to meet the instructors before the classes begin?

Unfortunately, no. However, you can read more about each instructor on our STAFF page.

Are there discounts for families with more than one child?

Unfortunately, no. In this virtual format, we have limited class size availability to ensure the best experience for your child. In order to keep enrollment costs low and cover our general expenses for hosting this pilot program, we must ask that all enrolled students pay their full tuition in advance of participating. If you are in need of financial support, please review our scholarship application.

How do I apply for a scholarship, and what are the criteria to qualify?

Needs-based scholarships are offered to families that qualify. To request a scholarship, please indicate your intention during the online enrollment process. On the final enrollment check-out screen, use coupon code “scholarship” to waive the tuition. In addition, please answer ‘yes” on the enrollment questionnaire regarding scholarships. These actions will indicate your interest in applying for a scholarship and must be completed to reserve your spot and qualify for scholarship considerations.

Online enrollment and scholarship applications must be completed by October 15th and awards will be announced on October 19th. Any remaining tuition will be due by October 23rd. The ORS office will work with you directly.

Scholarship applications can be submitted to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed in the order they have been received. If you have questions, contact the ORS office at [email protected] or 503-230-0652.

Download the Fall 2020 Scholarship Application – COMING SOON

What is the ORSYC policy on diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Oregon Repertory Singers (ORS) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

ORS is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.