For all our new choristers, welcome to the Junior Choir. If we have worked together in the past, then welcome back! I am so excited to work with all of the students in grades three to six this year. So far, we have already learned a psalm and are busy memorizing our second one, learning more about sight reading music, and even having some fun, too!
In the Junior Choir, we spend lots of time learning about how to become independent musicians. This includes continuing to learn proper terminology, practicing reading music, writing music, moving to the music, creating music and improvising on musical themes, just to name a few of the activities that we will cover throughout the course of the year. If your child is new to the choir, then they may feel a bit concerned with all of the different aspects of music that we will cover. Please assure them that we will cover all of these aspects many times throughout the year and they will find their place in the choir just fine! I don't usually assign any homework in the Junior Choir. Most of what we need to cover can be done in class. Occasionally, however, I may ask you to review some words at home with your child if we have a mass coming up and need to still memorize some of our lyrics.
I am always happy to answer any questions or address any concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any reason.
Kathryn Berko is very excited to be taking on the role as Director of the Junior Choirs. A born and raised Calgarian, she continues to be active in the city’s choral scene. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys’ Choir and will be starting as Artistic Director of the Calgary Children’s Choir this September. While growing up she was involved with the Calgary Children’s Choir, the Mount Royal Youth Choir, Ad Libitum Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the University of Calgary Chamber Singers.