Campus Choirs

The Girls Choral Academy provides a variety of services to its members:

  • Music Education
  • Performances
  • Travel opportunities
  • Social Events

Rehearsals take place September through May in the Choir Room located in the basement of First United Methodist Church, 227 Fulton St.

The GCA will never turn a family away due to financial circumstance.

NEW! KINDER CHOIR PRE-K-1ST GRADE

Kinder Choir is held on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:30 PM and includes girls in Pre-K through 1st grade (ages 4+). This is a beginning music class and is directed by Mary Klaasen.

Objectives Include:

  • Unison singing and beginning vocal technique
  • Building listening and rhythm skills
  • Developing focus and confidence

Tuition for Kinder Choir is $38 per month across nine months, which includes our red GCA performance t-shirt.

JUNIOR ACADEMY 1ST-3RD GRADE

Junior Academy is held on Tuesdays from 5:40-6:40 PM and includes advanced 1st graders as well as 2nd and 3rd graders. Repertoire includes a wide variety of genres, including classical, folk, secular, and multicultural. This group is directed by Mary Klaasen.

Objectives include:

  • Unison singing and beginning vocal technique
  • Introduction to part-singing
  • Building listening and memory skills
  • Developing confidence and stage presence
  • Opportunity for travel

Tuition for Junior Academy is $48 per month across nine months, which includes Fall Camp and our red GCA performance t-shirt.

SENIOR ACADEMY 3RD-5TH GRADE

Senior Academy is held on Mondays from 5:40-7:00 PM and includes advanced 3rd graders as well as 4th & 5th graders. This group is directed by Lori Tennenhouse.

Objectives includes:

  • Ear training
  • Beginning rhythm and note-reading
  • Development of vocal intonation and resonance
  • Skills in part-singing
  • Continued confidence building through performance
  • Opportunity for travel

Tuition for Senior Academy is $60 per month across nine months, which includes Fall Camp and our red GCA performance t-shirt.

CHAMBER CHOIR 6TH-8TH GRADE

Chamber Choir is held on Tuesdays from 6:45-8:15 PM and includes 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Emphasis is placed on performing a wide variety of literature from many genres in two and three parts. This group is directed by Mary Klaasen.

Objectives include:

  • Continued emphasis on correct vocal production, diction, and tone quality
  • Continued growth in music literacy skills
  • Development of singing in three-part harmony
  • Encouragement of solo singing in order to nurture confidence in musical and personal abilities
  • Opportunity for travel

All instruction is held in a demanding but positive atmosphere. Choir members are invited to take risks and enjoy successes. Tuition for Chamber Choir is $60 per month across nine months, which includes Fall Camp and our red GCA performance t-shirt.

CONCERT CHOIR 8TH-12TH GRADE

Concert Choir is held on Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM and includes 8th through 12th graders who demonstrate good vocal technique and music reading skills. Emphasis is placed on performing a wide variety of literature from various genres in multiple parts. This group is directed by Lori Tennenhouse.

Objectives include:

  • Continued emphasis on vocal resonance, diction, and technique
  • Continued growth in ear training, sight reading, and music literacy skills
  • Performances in various community events
  • Encouragement of solo singing in order to nurture confidence in musical and personal abilities
  • All instruction is held in a demanding but positive atmosphere
  • Choir members are invited to take risks and enjoy successes
  • Opportunity for travel

Tuition for Concert Choir is $60 per month across nine months, which includes Fall Camp and our red GCA performance t-shirt.