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. Each choir 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 $55/ 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. Education is the primary emphasis at this stage rather than performance.
Cantabile [kahn-tah-bee-lay] Italian. "In a singing style"
2nd-4th grade ~ Directed by Cynthia Salomonson
Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 ~ Tuition $55/ 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 to 4-6 performances per year, 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 Amy Scott
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.
Special Audition, 7th-12th grade
Thursdays 6:00-8:00 ~ Tuition $75/month
Youth Chorale is a select group of singers, comprised of girls and boys with unchanged voices, that perform 3-6 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.