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CHOIRS

Musical development in a positive setting at an affordable price

The Valley Troubadours uses the VOICE FOR LIFE curriculum, which has been designed by the Royal School of Church Music. This program is specifically designed for choirs that meet only once or twice per week. As an all-inclusive vocal music education program, the VOICE FOR LIFE curriculum has four levels.  Within each level are four distinct learning modules which include:

 

Learning the Voice Well, Musical Skills, Understanding Repertoire, and Belonging to the Choir  

Students in Choir will:

Acquire a foundation in vocal technique & music theory

Sing a variety of choral repertoire to develop a well-rounded singer.

Develop correct posture & breath control needed to support choral tone.

Understand the beat and rhythm.

Work with other students as an ensemble

Follow conducting gestures regarding style, expression, volume, & tempo

Be able to read and perform quarter, half, and whole note rhythms.

Learn choral pieces in preparation for the semester concert

Enjoy making music with friends in a relaxed, encouraging atmosphere

OUR CHORAL ENSEMBLES

All core Choir classes will be $100 for Fall semester
Jr. Show Choir, Show Choir, and Trouvéres will be $125

CHILDREN'S CHOIR (Fridays - 9:00-9:45)

Ages 5-7
Cathy LaFrombois, Director

Provides the opportunity for younger children to learn to sing in a choir using unison and partner songs in order to develop both their ear and voice.  

No previous experience necessary.

CADET CHOIR (Fridays - 10:30-11:15)

Ages 8-10
Cathy LaFrombois, Director

Students will sing a variety of choral literature in two-part harmony in styles appropriate for their age group and skill level.  Emphasis on developing proper vocal technique.  

No previous experience necessary.

CHORISTERS (Fridays - 12:00-12:45)

Ages 11-13
Cathy LaFrombois, Director

Using a variety of literature in three-part harmony, students will further develop their voices and musicianship skills through sight-singing, theory, and choral repertoire.  

No previous experience necessary.

 

CONCERT CHOIR (Fridays - 1:30-2:15)

Ages 14+
Cathy LaFrombois, Director

Exploring a variety of literature in four-part harmony (SATB), students will develop their voices and musicianship skills through sight-singing, theory, and dynamic choral repertoire.  

*Students who wish to participate in the musical second semester must be in Concert Choir or Trouvères first semester

No previous experience necessary.

Ages 14+ By Audition
Cathy LaFrombois, Director

TROUVÉRES (Thursdays - 2:00-3:00)

Our premiere, audition-only ensemble for serious students ages 14 and older. This group of 16-24 students performs challenging A Cappella literature for our Christmas and spring concerts as well as WSMA festival performances and additional opportunities around the community. This ensemble is not included in the Family Cap.

By Audition Only. Previous experience required.

 

Ages 11-13
Cathy LaFrombois, Music Director
Schawn Starfeldt, Choreography

JUNIOR SHOW CHOIR (Thursdays - 12:00-1:00)

Junior Show Choir, an ensemble designed specifically for our Middle School students, will perform a variety of repertoire in styles such as jazz, pop, rock, and contemporary music.  Students will not only learn to sing in this style, but incorporate riser choreography, costumes, and props to really put on a show!  This ensemble is not included in the Family Cap.

Choristers Registration required for participation

 

Ages 14+ By Audition
Cathy LaFrombois, Music Director
Schawn Starfeldt, Choreography

SHOW CHOIR (Thursdays - 1:00-2:00)

This audition-only ensemble for serious high school students ages 14 and older. A group of up to 24 students performs challenging contemporary, pop, jazz, and rock literature for our Christmas and spring concerts as well as WSMA festival performances and additional opportunities around the community. Students will incorporate choreography, costumes, and props into their performances. Auditions will be held in the late Spring & early Fall. This ensemble is not included in the Family Cap.

By Audition Only. Concert Choir or Trouvéres Registration required for participation.

 

WSMA PREP (Thursdays - 9:00-11:30)

Ages 12+
Cathy LaFrombois, Music Director

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) holds a variety of events throughout the school year for young musicians. In the development of our students' playing abilities, the Solo & Ensemble District Festival is invaluable. Students prepare solos, duets, trios, etc. to perform for adjudicators who specialize in their instrument, providing specific feedback geared towards their growth. Musicians who place well can even move on to the State-level Festival.

Since the festivals take place at the end of February/beginning of March, Troubadours will be offering an extended time on Thursday mornings during first semester to select music, practice with others, and receive helpful input on their pieces. Registration is required, but there is no charge for the class. Whether your student is considering a vocal or instrumental piece to perform, I would highly encourage students to participate. Students can use the full time to practice, or schedule specific times with Mrs. LaFrombois for lessons during the morning each week.  Space is limited.

For more information on WSMA events, please visit this page:

 

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