St Johns Choir Program 2017/2018

 Choir Program at St Johns of Lattingtown

Statement of Purpose

The new Choir Program at St Johns of Lattingtown exists to provide all who enjoy singing a musical, educational and enriching experience. The program is open to all ages and voices in the local and wider community.

Please feel free to contact the Director of Music Ministry, Christopher Brayne at any time to discuss how you might be part of these opportunities listed below. (516-671-3226 ext. 12 chris@stjlat.org)

St John’s Parish Choir (Mixed Adults, College and High School Teens)

Rehearsals: Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm; Sundays from 9:15 to 10:15am

Sing: Sunday mornings at 10:30am Eucharist; some Sunday evening services at 5:00pm and special events and Christmas/Easter Festivals

Rehearsals cover work on vocal technique as well as learning a wide repertoire of sacred and some secular music.  Some musical experience would be helpful though not expected.

St Johns Choral Scholars

Rehearsals: Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30pm; Sundays from 9:15 to 10:15am

Sing: Sunday mornings at 10:30am and special services and events

Choral Scholarships for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses are open to High School Seniors, College and Postgraduate students and applications and auditions are required. Please see wwwstjlat.org/music for further details.

The St Johns Singers (High School Boys and Girls 9th Grade thru 12th Grade)

Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings from 6:45 to 8:00pm

Sing: Sunday mornings at 10:30am Eucharist or Sunday evenings at 5:00pm on selected dates

Some musical knowledge required but not expected. Rehearsals consist of an exploration of the rich heritage of musical styles in the Episcopal Church and learning how to participate more confidently in leading the worship.  Possible tours and outreach opportunities as well as community service credits available.
The Novice Choir
(Boys and girls in grades 1 and 2 are welcome).

Rehearsals: Wednesday afternoons from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Sing: Sunday mornings at 10:30am Eucharist on selected dates

The short rehearsals consist of ‘finding their voice’ and basic note reading exercises. Through musical games and echo-singing, choristers build teamwork and self-confidence. The Novice Choir learns music by rote and sings from memory. As a result, choristers are not expected to be able to read music or words. The goal of the Novice Choir is to prepare choristers to participate fully in the worship of the church, and to move confidently into the Canterbury Choir.

The Canterbury Choir (Boys and Girls 3rd Grade thru 8th Grade. No previous singing experience is necessary)

Rehearsals: Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 to 5:15pm

Sing: Sunday mornings at 10:30am Eucharist or Sunday evenings at 5:00pm on selected dates

Rehearsals will include anthem learning, hymn singing, examining the colors and symbols associated with the liturgical traditions of our church as well as team-building and enhancing self-esteem.

The St Johns Youth Community Choir (Boys and Girls 7th Grade thru 12th Grade)

Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm

Sing: Local and wider community events

Rehearsals will include basic vocal techniques, wide range of songs both secular and sacred. Solo opportunities and teamwork are integral to membership of this group.

The St Johns Youth Community Choir has been made possible with the generous support of Episcopal Ministries of Long Island

Voice for Life – Training Program

A structured guide to vocal training from beginners to advanced singers

Based on graded targets with informal assessment

Designed for use in schools, churches, and other community choirs

Easy to use with a clear layout

Levels

There are five levels in the VOICE for LIFE scheme providing training from beginners to advanced singers. The levels are designed to be used by both children and adults. The levels are:

White

Light Blue

Dark Blue

Red

Yellow

Each level comes complete with:

  • Clear targets that state exactly what a singer should have achieved and be able to demonstrate in order to complete each level
  • Singer’s workbooks containing questions, exercises, and puzzles. On completion, the workbook is signed and dated by the choir trainer.
  • Ribbons and medals/lapel badges to award singers on completion of each level. For school choirs and other non-robed choirs, there are colored lapel badges. For church choirs and other robed choirs, medals can be worn on the appropriately colored ribbon. Each level is assessed informally by the choir trainer and the badge/ribbon and medal is awarded once the singer has reached the targets and finished the workbook.
    Further information from The Director of Music Ministry Christopher Brayne – chris@stjlat.org

 

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