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"The arts reflect the sophistication and enlightenment of all societies, and the Central Valley finds a treasure in the Bach Children's Choir program. These young people receive extraordinary training that is not only vital to their development as well-rounded citizens, but is crucial to the cultural growth of our metropolitan area."

-- Dr. Anna Hamre
Former Director of Choral Activities, California State University, Fresno
Artistic Director, Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale and Coro Piccolo

Our Choirs

The Bach Children's Choir is sub-divided into choirs based on age and ability. Each choir is introduced to all aspects of musicianship and professional ensemble performance that is age-appropriate and performs 4-8 times per year in a variety of venues throughout the community including our Christmas and Spring Concerts. The older Choirs travel throughout the Western US on tour.

Prima Voce [pree-meh voh-chay] Italian. "First voice"
Age 5-1st grade ~ Directed by Sarah Griffin
Tuesdays 5:00-6:15 ~ Tuition $60/month

The focus of Prima Voce is laying the foundation for vocal development and music reading, including matching pitch and proper vocal technique, with an introduction to part-singing. This is done through engaging hands-on activities, songs and performance.

Cantabile [kahn-tah-bee-lay] Italian. "In a singing style"
2nd-4th grade ~ Directed by Cynthia Salomonson
Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 ~ Tuition $60/month

Cantabile is comprised of children within 2nd through 4th grade. In addition to 4-6 performances per year, the choristers continue to develop proper vocal technique using part singing, sight reading and music theory in a fun and positive environment. It is more performance oriented and has more performance opportunities than Prima Voce. In addition, the singers learn a varied concert repertoire of music, including an introduction to singing in a foreign language. Folk songs and singing games are incorporated to help develop their young voices and beginning musical skills.

Vivace [vee-vah-chay] Italian. "Full of life"
4th grade & above ~ Directed by Tami Spurgeon
Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 ~ Tuition $65/month

Vivace is for choristers who possess the vocal qualities, musical knowledge and maturity necessary for more difficult music and rehearsals. In addition to their 6-8 performances a year, the choristers are challenged with a wide variety of literature and sing more advanced 2-3 part music in several languages, with and without accompaniment. A more extensive study of sight reading and ear training continues, as well as music theory, music appreciation, and ensemble refinement and performance. The singers demonstrate a willingness and desire to achieve a higher level of musicianship, responsibility, commitment, leadership and discipline.

Youth Chorale
Special Audition, 7th-12th grade ~ Directed by Tami Spurgeon
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 ~ Tuition $80/month

Youth Chorale is a select group of singers, comprised of girls and boys with unchanged voices, that perform multiple part music, increasing the variety and range of repertoire available to the ensemble. This group is for the most advanced musicians in the organization and is designed to further challenge and enhance their musical education. In addition to their 10-12 local performances a year, this group attends twice yearly retreats and tours each spring.

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