- Choral singing is an integral part of arts education, which is a necessary component of a comprehensive and competitive education. Singing in choir promotes academic achievement and develops success skills.
- Choruses build community. Singing in choir provides a sense of real belonging, offers new opportunities for learning, encourages student engagement, and promotes civic engagement.
- Choral music touches all members of a community, regardless of economic status, age, or ethnic origin.
- Choral singing has intrinsic value. The collective expression of a chorus singing together has the power to lift spirits and transform lives. Studies have shown that not only do choral singers synchronize breathing while singing, but also heartbeats!
The individual benefits of participating in PMYC are numerous. The Choir develops choral techniques such as sight singing, ear training as well as breathing and blending techniques. It helps teach life skills such as cooperative effort, responsibility and a passion for music.
The young singers develop:
- Individual vocal, musical, aural and analytic skills, and benefit from age-appropriate training of the maturing voice as part of a comprehensive choral music education.
- An appreciation for classical, traditional, and contemporary music from all over the world.
- An understanding and respect for others from diverse backgrounds.
- Develop responsibility, self-confidence and a love for singing.
- Understand the importance of his or her individual contribution to the success of the group.
- And it’s fun!
PMYC is four choirs in one with a place for every child no matter their experience! Each ensemble is designed to offer rewarding and fun performance opportunities and enriching experiences for your child to develop artistically, vocally and personally. The ensembles are:
Primo Coro (1st through 3rd/4th grade) ∙ Canterini (4th/5th grade through 7th/8th grade) ∙ Harmonia (formerly Pro Musica) (7th/8th through high school) ∙ A Cappella (through high school)
Canterini: Tuesday, 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Harmonia (formerly Pro Musica): Tuesday 6:15-8:15 p.m.
A Cappella: Tuesday TBD
All rehearsals will take place at First United Church.
- Proper vocal and breathing technique,
- Musical standards and skills,
- Performance etiquette,
- Music sight-reading skills,
- Ear training (learn to identify, solely by hearing, pitches, intervals, melody, chords, rhythms, and other basic elements of music),
- Interval recognition,
- Rhythm recognition, and
- Exposure to a variety and increasingly sophisticated repertoire.
We want our singers to perform at the highest possible musical level appropriate for their level of physical and personal development. In training and rehearsals, we teach and reinforce basic skills while exposing singers to a wide variety of choral literature from different musical periods and styles. In concerts, we aim for a high level of musical quality while making the singers aware that a performance goes beyond the music and involves a complete aural, visual, and emotional experience.
If you already have a uniform for your current ensemble, please have your singer try it on to ensure that it still fits. Like the flowers of the season, many of our singers grow with the heat of the summer! We have a small collection of gently worn or outgrown uniform in the “chorus closet” that are available for $30. If you would like to donate a “gently worn” uniform to the Chorus Closet or are interested in purchasing a uniform part, please contact the office.
Informal uniform: Pro Musica Youth Chorus t-shirt with either jeans, khakis or black pants/skirt (depending on the event).
Formal uniform for girls:
Primo Coro: dress hemmed at the knee; with nude tights, black shoes; NO jewelry. Canterini: dress (pictured) hemmed at tea length (7” above the top of the foot); with BLACK tights, black shoes, NO jewelry.
Pro Musica/A Cappella: dress hemmed to touch the top of foot (full length); with nude hose and black dress shoes; strand of pearls (the first strand is provided by the chorus)
Formal uniform for boys: Primo Coro: black dress shirt (ordered through the office), black pants, black belt, black socks, black dress shoes.
Canterini: black dress shirt (ordered through the office) with navy tie (ordered through the office), black pants, black belt, black socks, black dress shoes.
Pro Musica/A Cappella: black dress shirt (ordered through the office), with black tie (ordered through the office), black pants, black belt, black socks, black dress shoes.
2016-2017 Tuition Rates
Primo Coro $575
Pro Musica $1150
A Cappella $375
Discounts are available for early tuition payment and multiple children enrolled. Tuition is prorated if joining in January. PMYC has programs to provide tuition assistance to singers with demonstrated financial need.
PMYC staff is aware of the strong music and theater programs within the community. Thus the uniqueness of PMYC remains the high quality voice and music pedagogy and performance opportunities that are not available within the schools or other local community organizations. Ensembles from PMYC regularly collaborate with other local arts organizations such as Momenta, Heritage Chorale, and Symphony of OPRF to provide unique performances that are musically challenging for our youth. For example, the advanced ensembles of the chorus participated with the Symphony of OPRF and the Symphony Chorus for Gustav Holst’s The Planets as well as the Choral Hymns from Rig Veda. The younger ensembles have performed with the Chicago Chamber Choir in multiple performances in Chicago, Evanston, and Northbrook. The chorus has toured and performed at Carnegie Hall (New York City) and to London to perform in the New Year’s Day choral celebration hosted by the Lord Mayors of London at Westminster Hall.
PMYC hosts an annual Choral Festival which reaches out to over 100 middle school-aged youth to provide a distinctive learning and performance opportunity. Youth come from 5 different communities and work together on various pieces with a guest conductor. Past Festival themes include the music of Gilbert and Sullivan, vocal jazz, gospel, and South African music. It is not unusual to see that the students would gather together around a piano and continue singing on their own during breaks throughout the day.