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 and the GCA has open enrollment in January for the Winter and Spring season. Rehearsals take place in the Choir Room located in the basement of First United Methodist Church, 227 Fulton St. Choirs resume January 6th & 7th

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.