The choir program is the core of Red Rose Children’s Choir of Lake County. All singers will be assigned to a choir based on their audition or year end evaluation. The six choirs are Concertina, Prelude Choir, Concert Choir, Master Singers, Bella Rosa and Boys Choir.
CONCERTINA CHOIR (K-1)
TUESDAYS- 4:15 – 5:15 P.M.
Concertina will be a choral experience for Kindergarten and First Grade children who love to sing. The curriculum will feature play oriented exposure to basic singing concepts such as pitch matching, breathing, posture, rhythm and solfege (the Kodaly approach will be used for creating within the singer’s aural memory basic interval recognition). Developing a healthy “head voice” tone quality will be the goal.
Movement and the playing of percussion instruments such as Orff xylophones and small hand help percussion instruments will help the young singer to internalize the steady beat, create their own ensembles and experience musical concepts aurally and kinetically.
Basic beginning music reading skills will also be introduced (sight reading interval recognition and rhythmic patterns), as well as following a unison choral score.
Singers will perform for their parents in the venue that the other choirs sing in, but prior to the performance (before call time for the other singers) and very much like a demonstration rather than a formal performance, so that singers can practice performance skills without the performance pressure. Each semester there will be one “performance” in the venue, and one “Snappy Snippet” (a short sharing in the rehearsal room for parents) early on in the semester to help singers learn performance practice.
BOYS CHOIR (1-6) TUESDAYS
Experience what it’s like to sing with a group of just Boys! TUESDAY evening rehearsals require no experience or audition – and parents may attend and observe the music education in action. Director Jonathan Weppler uses games, vocal warm-ups and fun activities to introduce music concepts. The boys learn quality choral music to be performed at a final concert.
PRELUDE CHOIR (2-3)
WEDNESDAYS 4:15- 5:30 P.M.
A process oriented vocal training ensemble. The children participate in Orff based activities, including movement and the use of percussion instruments, with an emphasis on listening skills and healthy vocal production. Students are encouraged to explore their love of singing and music through folk literature and imaginative play.
Prelude Choir will perform with the other choirs at concerts. Rehearsal length is longer, and it is a year long commitment. Curriculum includes part singing and rounds- where the emphasis in Concertina will be on unison singing.
CONCERT CHOIR (4-5-6)
WEDNESDAYS 5:30 – 6:45 P.M.
A training choir emphasizing vocal production, music reading and performance skills. Students are expected to demonstrate readiness for a disciplined environment in which singers work creatively together to accomplish the communication of text through singing.
MASTER SINGERS (6-7-8)
TUESDAYS 5:30-7:00 P.M.
A performance choir for students who exhibit a strong desire to sing and demonstrate focus and commitment to the choir’s extended rehearsal and performance schedule. Students are expected to perform at a high level of expertise often sight reading the score and singing in multiple parts.
BELLA ROSA (9-10-11-12)
TUESDAYS 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
The high school girls group of RRCCLC. Singers are expected to demonstrate outstanding vocal independence and sight reading skills.
The curriculum is designed to achieve the following qualities in each singer’s development as a choir member:
- a healthy use of the voice as a musical instrument
- improved reading and listening skills
- increased self-esteem and self-discipline
- a sense of community and teamwork
- an appreciation of the musical arts
The repertoire of the Red Rose Children’s Choir is based on folk literature from various cultures and classical choral music. Songs are sung in the original language as often as possible. The choir performs sacred and secular music. On occasion, the choir will explore other musical styles such as avant-garde, jazz, and musical theater. All choirs will utilize movement during warm-ups and also specific repertoire when appropriate.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
29700 N. St. Mary’s Road
|Prelude Choir||Wednesdays 4:15- 5:30 p.m.|
|Concert Choir||Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
|Master Singers||Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 p.m.|
|Bella Rosa||Tuesdays 7-8:45 p.m.|
*Occasional extra rehearsals are required before performances.
Rehearsals include an initial period of warming up the bodies and voices for singing followed by the singing of repertoire. Instruction for proper vocal training are stressed throughout. Every child is encouraged and assisted in developing his/her singing ability to its fullest extent. In addition, the child will grow in basic musicianship. The music directors conduct rehearsals so that attention is given to the mechanics of music. Physical (vocal) and also cognitive skills are enhanced as students are led to observe, understand and execute the indications on the printed music.
While the conductors strive to prepare fine music with the utmost skill and precision, we also inspire joy and fun. We desire to have every child experience the exhilaration of lifting voices in song, the camaraderie of belonging to a committed group and the pride of working together in a positive environment to create something truly wonderful. Laughter is part of every rehearsal!