We have now gotten into our pattern for rehearsals and have already started on our Nine Lessons songs as well! The Junior Choir is working hard at learning new music and practicing our sound production with the songs that we already know. I am so impressed by everyone's enthusiasm and commitment to making beautiful music as a group. I am seeing many of our more experienced choristers stepping up and helping those that are new or have less experience. This, in turn, is helping everyone to progress and find their round singing sound. We have been working at making sure everyone in the group is comfortable singing out and is learning how to match pitch consistently. As I tell them often, I can't help them if I can't hear them! So therefore, I encourage everyone to sing out, even if they don't know the notes they are singing, or are having trouble matching their pitches. This also helps others to recognize how to be patient and supportive choristers even if the sound they hear around them is not completely correct. At home, please encourage your children to sing! It is important that they are getting comfortable with the sound of their own voices and that it is okay to produce those sounds around other people even if they are feeling less secure.
As we enter into our practice time before Nine Lessons, I will try as much as possible to not include homework for choir on the homework page. This may change, depending on how our learning goes, so always keep an eye out on the Choir section, just in case I have asked students to go over words in preparation for our upcoming busy time. Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.