Frequently Asked Questions

 

PMYC welcomes boys and girls grades 1st through 12.

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 (7th/8th through high school) ∙ A Cappella (through high school)

PMYC does not require auditions or previous experience. However, in order to ensure your child is placed in the ensemble that best fits their skill level we do hold placement assessments. There is no need to prepare anything, just come with a great attitude and desire to sing.

It is an opportunity for the conductor to listen to your child sing in a one-on-one setting. This will help to determine which ensemble is the best placement for your child.

Assessments are held by appointment or at our Open Rehearsals in August for the fall season and in January for the spring season. Or click the How to Join button above.

Your child will meet individually with the conductor (parents are welcome to be present if your child chooses). Children will be guided through singing scales, matching rhythms and pitch; advanced singers may be asked to sing a simple song and sight read.

All placement assessments will be held at First United Church of Oak Park,  848 Lake Street, Oak Park (enter through the north-east choral door off the church parking lot located off Kenilworth Avenue)

Click on the How to Join button above.

No. There is no charge.

No special preparation is necessary for the audition. It is suggested that you simply come prepared to sing your best in a relaxed audition.

We will notify you by email or phone within 7 days after your assessment.

Primo Coro: Tuesday 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Canterini: Tuesday, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Harmonia: Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.
A Cappella: Tuesday 8:30-9:30 p.m.

All rehearsals will take place at First United Church.

PMYC is one choir comprised of four separate ensembles based on age and ability.

Rehearsals for Primo Coro, Canterini, Pro Musica, and A Cappella ensembles all take place in the choir room at First United Church, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park. Singers are asked to enter through the wooden door that can be accessed from the parking lot at the back of the church. There is a doorbell to ring if the door is locked.

PMYC operates with a highly trained and committed music staff. During rehearsal, singers learn:

  • 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.

Tickets are sold prior to the show. We accept cash, checks and major credit cards.

There are two uniform looks that singers in Pro Musica wear—a formal and an informal uniform. Costs will range from $35 to $100 depending on ensemble.

2018-2019 Tuition Rates

Primo Coro $590
Canterini $735
Harmonia $1165
A Cappella $590

Discounts are available for multiple singers enrolled. Tuition is prorated if joining in January. PMYC has programs to provide financial aid.

The ensembles regularly perform locally at a variety of venues in the greater Oak Park area and Chicago.

In the past Pro Musica has had the opportunity to performed with Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Youth Symphony, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, Tower Chorale, and with a number of professional vocal groups. Our performances reach a diverse audience and in diverse settings including Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Symphony Center, Wire and Fitzgerald’s Nightclubs and many community churches.

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