Canterbury School Children's Choir

By Jimmy Mitchell
September 4, 2020

Through the Canterbury School Children’s Choir program, students will receive opportunities to perform a variety of challenging and beautiful music. The Children’s Choir will always be student-focused, with our sights set on providing students with enriching opportunities and personal growth. Each student will be challenged to improve on fundamental skills of musicianship such as: sight-singing, ear training, balance, poise, and focus. The Children’s Choir welcomes all interested third and fourth grades students, and will strive to provide fun, exciting, and educational experiences!

The fine arts department is committed to providing a safe experience for our young musicians. Current scientific data will continue to drive our plans for the delivery of content in the Children’s Choir and will be reviewed every two weeks. We have decided to suspend singing until we are confident that we can do so with minimal risk. We will continue to follow all updates, and sincerely hope to resume singing as soon as possible. 

What will Children’s Choir look like without singing?
The basic skills of any successful choir -  sight-singing,  listening, balance, rhythm, performance, etc - can be learned on a variety of instruments. I am very excited to announce we will be creating a blended ensemble of xylophones, hand chimes, and various percussion instruments. This semester will offer students the rare opportunity to participate in what is commonly known as an ‘Orff Ensemble’. We will focus on a variety of fun skill building activities, which will allow students to grow as musicians while experiencing less commonly played instruments.

Who can join?
For the current year, Children’s Choir will welcome any student from grades 3-4. Enrollment will open again to second graders next year, provided there is no longer a need for Covid-19 safety precautions. 

When are rehearsals?
We practice Wednesdays from 8:00 - 845 a.m. As rehearsals will begin promptly at 8:00, please allow your students ample time to take their backpacks to the classroom before going to rehearsal by arriving at school between 7:50 and 7:55.

Where are performances?
At the moment, all live performances have been suspended or cancelled. We will provide information as soon as possible if there are any updates. While we would love to provide opportunities for live and in-person performances, we will likely be providing any performances online and recorded.

How much does it cost?
Considering the limitations on singing, large ensemble performance, and the cancellation/postponement of any travel or festival related expenses, we will be waiving the normal $10 fee for the first semester. Unlike years past, students will be able to sign up semester by semester. Our decision to allow students to sign up one semester at a time is entirely due to the possibility of singing next semester. While we cannot guarantee singing in the spring, I want to keep the door open to any students who might find an interest in joining choir or the Orff Ensemble second semester. 

When do we start?
Rehearsals will begin Wednesday, Sept 9, at 8 a.m. In order to reduce potential spread of Covid-19, students from separate classrooms will be separated by no less than 12 feet at any given time. This precaution requires us to meet with no more than two classes per choir rehearsal. A detailed schedule will be provided after sign ups. 


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