For each choir, enrollment is based on the minimum age of the child on or before August 31st of the current school year.
This is COHC’s early childhood music program. Music instruction at this level is non-performance based although they will demonstrate a few songs at each concert that they have been learning each semester. In this choir, children participate in 60-minute weekly classes where they are exposed to the “fun”damentals of music through song, rhyme, pitch exploration and movement activities as a means to prepare them for music literacy. These fun, educational activities not only pave the way for literacy-based music instruction and vocal development, but they also help children with language exploration, small and large motor skills, and social development. Unison singing is emphasized but choir members will also sing occasional canons and partner songs.
Principio is a non-auditioned choir that provides a beginning choral experience for third through fifth grade students. These students meet one hour each week. Each lesson cleverly and energetically combines the learning of musical skills and group singing in an elemental choral setting. The program is an outstanding way for youngsters to explore their interest in music and singing—potentially preparing them for opportunities in COHC’s other programs. Two-part singing is emphasized with repertoire ranging from choral octavos to partner songs and everything in between. Principio has two concerts per year with older students being offered additional performance and audition opportunities, which are optional.
In Illuminati, singers focus on developing their vocal range, tone quality, and music literacy skills. Repertoire consists of folk songs, art songs, religious music, and multicultural music as well as works by the Classics. Two-part singing is emphasized throughout the year and 3-part treble harmony is introduced. Students will be expected to practice music outside of their organized rehearsal time. Illuminati performs two concerts per year. In addition, singers are given additional optional performance opportunities via local tours, honor groups, and small ensembles.
Members of Bella Voce are ages 14 and up. Younger male singers whose voices have changed and who have auditioned may also be included in Bella Voce. This is an SATB (4-part mixed) choir. Members learn and perform outstanding advanced high school and college-level repertoire of all styles and genres, with a primary goal of developing a wider vocal range and more mature tone. Students are expected to practice the music outside of their organized rehearsal time. Bella Voce performs two concerts per year. In addition, singers are given additional optional performance opportunities via local and distance tours, honor groups, and small ensembles.
*Age as of September 1st of the current school year.