girl choir singers in red tops and long black skirts, on choral risers in front of the organ, conductor in front on stage and grand piano with pianist at the side


The Arioso curriculum solidifies rhythmic and melodic readying skills and teaches healthy vocal production throughout the female voice change. Singers perform a variety of music in unison and multiple parts. Arioso performs on both the fall and spring Girl Choir concerts in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, plus one community performance. A one-day performance tour may be offered to interested singers. Fundraising opportunities are available to cover touring costs.

2018-19 Auditions

Registration for an audition is now open. Please click the link below for more information about auditions and to register.

Girl Choir Auditions


**March Schedule - Click to view important information regarding March rehearsals and concerts.

  • Monday, March 19 – 6:30-8:00 p.m., rehearsal in Lawrence Chapel (510 E. College Ave, Appleton)
    • Report directly to Shattuck Hall 156. Parking is available on Washington and Park streets. Enter the glass doors on the left from the Washington St. steps and follow the signs to Shattuck Hall 156.

  • Friday, March 23 – Dress Rehearsal, 3:45-6:30 p.m. in Lawrence Chapel
    • Report to Shattuck Hall 156 to hand in erased music and put down coat. Then proceed to the Chapel to find assigned seat.
    • This rehearsal is mandatory and closed to parents and public. Girls who are not present may not take part in concerts.
    • No electronics are allowed during rehearsal.
    • Uniform is not required.
    • Choirs are dismissed at 6:30 p.m. Girls are expected to be present for the full rehearsal.

  • Saturday, March 24 – Concerts, 2 and 7 p.m. in Lawrence Chapel
    • Report to Shattuck Hall 156. Call times are 1:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
    • No electronics are allowed during the concerts.
    • Flowers will be available to purchase on the steps of the Chapel before the concerts.
    • The concert is approximately 90 minutes in length. Girls may not stay at Lawrence between concerts.
    • The 7:00 p.m. concert will be webcast via the Lawrence University Livestream webpage.
    • Please reference the Arioso webpage for uniform information.

  • Tutti Raffle – please turn in your sold and unsold raffle tickets at the next rehearsal or dress rehearsal.

  • Uniform Return – Arioso blouse should be washed and returned to the Academy of Music office, 100 W. Water St. beginning Monday, March 26th. The office is open 8-5:00 p.m. weekdays. A blue bin located under the office window will be available from 5:00-9:00 p.m. for afterhours drop off. Please make sure to write your name on the tag provided.


From 3/12 rehearsal for 3/19

- Next Monday is our Chapel rehearsal! Please arrive early as possible and be ready to go by 6:30 on the dot - we need every precious minute of rehearsal time.

- Everyone needs to invest at least 1.5 hours of practice time before Monday night (2.5 if you're joining those people in their "half an hour a day" practice goal!). Split it up into at least two different practice sessions, or into more.

- Thank you for great work on this piece Monday evening.
- pay extra attention to the order of the sections. Use the poetry and the expressive elements to guide you - the big tempo/dynamic shifts are like "bookmarks" in this piece.
- use consonants to add that "crackle" we worked on
- Watch out for Wisconsin pronunciations ;-)

Eiliyahu Hanavi
- Thank you for great work on this difficult piece Monday evening.
- Think about how this piece fits together harmonically. Where are we in unison? Where are we in harmony with each other? Do you have the high or the low harmony part? What are we "waiting" for in each section? (Ideas thrown out in an excellent discussion on Monday: waiting for unison to go into harmony AND/OR harmony to get back to unison, waiting for the melody to get back to Do as it winds around, waiting for the dotted eighth note to get to the next beat, waiting for the suspension to resolve...)
- Keep everything tall and spacious. Open throat, lots of air moving through. Neutral vowels up high (let the altos handle the diction!)

- Memorize :-)
- Use the recording to help you!!

See you at the Chapel!!


  • Homework to prepare for 3/12- Click to view homework assignments.
    From 3/5 rehearsal for 3/12:



    • We learned p8 and solidified the ending starting at p5, being especially attentive to the entrances.
    • Use a strong "ff" on each "fire" to move lots of air through the sound.
    • Keep a tall sound throughout (think "fuh" instead of "fye" to help shape the vowel on the inside). We used a hand in front of the mouth to remind us of this.
    • We did not practice pages 1-4 tonight - please do so on your own at home.
    • Bonus points for memorization!! Highly encouraged since next week is our last rehearsal at First English before we go on the Chapel stage.


    Eiliyahu Hanavi

    • Beautiful work in sectionals tonight. Bravo.
    • Focus on reviewing everything we did well on tonight (which is the whole piece up to m104)
    • We will work those last 9 measures together next week - DO NOT tackle them on your own (unless you are extremely confident in your self-rehearsing abilities and have a way to check your accuracy)!!
    • Choose one of these three videos to watch on nigun (the wordless "nonsense" syllables incorporated into our piece!). Listen for similarities and differences from our own nigun section of "Eiliyahu Hanavi". Listen for how the musicians are expressing without words:
    1. Hasidic nigun - orchestral
    2. Five famous nigunim - sung
    3. Nigun in celebration



    "Song is the soul of the universe." - Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
    What does this quote mean to you? Which piece have we learned together this year in Arioso ("Ah, comme c'est chose belle", "Linden Lea", "Nga iwi e", "Oye!", "Fire", "Eiliyahu Hanavi", "Eatnemen Vuelie") best captures the spirit of this quote for you?



    • Raffle tickets make scholarships to the Academy (including Girl Choir) possible. We would not be Arioso without these scholarships which help everyone to be able to afford being part of our program.
    • Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the end of the 7pm Girl Choir concert. You do not have to be there in person to win!
      • 1st Place - $1,000 Visa Gift Card
      • 2nd Place – 2 Tickets to a Cubs-Brewers game in Milwaukee (Sept 2018)
      • 3rd Place – 2 Lawrence University Artist Series Tickets (18-19 season)

    Next week is our last rehearsal in the First English Choir Room before we head to the Chapel stage (!!). Please arrive prepared and ready to go. Contact Ms. Kottman this week with any questions, if you need help, etc.


  • Homework to prepare for 3/5 - Click to view homework assignments.
    Eatnemen Vuelie
    --Use the pronunciation guide (bottom line) to figure out the Norwegian in "Eatnemen Vuelie". We will check it together next week!
    --DO NOT sing those low g's :-)
    --Check out the Cantus recording:

    --Memorize from the beginning through m65
    --Practice m77-99. Keep a steady beat (remember that the eighth note gets the beat here!) throughout. Be very intentional about those staggered entrances - do you come in on beat 1 or 2? Which part comes in right before yours, or is yours the leader? Are you singing the "I am fire" theme or "I have one foe"?

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    --The homework from last week was to "solfege your part from the Tempo primo marking at m68 to m92". A friendly reminder that "solfege your part" means write in the solfege and then SING it! Use the solfege you wrote in to practice!! Mark your score as you practice. Where is your ear leading you in one direction but then the melody turns and goes the opposite way (or maybe surprises you by staying on the same pitch)? Where are there unexpected accidentals or intervals? Be a detective! Figure it out!
    --Write in all solfege for m61-67 and practice. We all start on a Fa at the top of the page (Eb).

    --One measure or set of measures in "Eiliyahu Hanavi" that is especially tricky for you. Which spot would you most like us to hit with extra practice during rehearsal?
  • Homework to prepare for 2/26- Click to view homework assignments.
    --Analyze your part's entrances on pages 5-6. How do the voices interact? Who are you echoing, or is your part introducing a new phrase? What should you be listening for so you know exactly when to come in?

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    --Starting at the Tempo primo marking on p8, solfege your part all the way to m92 on p10. Altos start on a Do and Sopranos start on Mi. Watch out for accidentals (# Fa = Fi, # Sol = Si).
    --Mark where your part has the melody vs. the harmony line.
    --Learn your part on solfege. DO NOT add text yet!
    --Compare this section to pages 3-5. Find at least two similarities and two differences.

    --Set a rehearsal goal for yourself and for our choir for the next rehearsal. What will we need to do in order to stay on track (after our second cancellation this concert cycle!)? What will you bring into the space next week (mindset, skills, etc) in order to keep us up to speed?

    --Next week's password will be to share one word that summarizes your overall rehearsal goal. What will you be focusing on or working toward during the rehearsal?
  • Homework from 2/12 rehearsal in preparation for 2/19- Click to view homework assignments.
    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    -- Compare mm68-92 to mm13-28 using the list of musical elements we came up with at tonight's rehearsal: melody/pitch, tempo, articulation/expression, rhythm, harmony, text, etc.
    -- The yai's on pages 6-7 should be punctuated but connected. What elements of vocal/choral technique can we utilize to achieve that effect?

    -- Practice p1-4. Plan where you are going to breathe and what kind of breath it will be (is it a deep, energetic, fiery breath? A sneaky, quick catch breath? A staggered breath?)
    - solfege the top of p5 and add it to the tail end of your work on p4.

    --What is one element of your identity do you feel is most at the core of who you are?

    --The password to get into next week's rehearsal is your middle initial.
  • Homework from 2/5 rehearsal in preparation for 2/12- Click to view homework assignments.
    **We finalized our new seating arrangement tonight! If you were absent, please check in with Ms. Kottman at the beginning of next Monday's rehearsal.

    --Write in all solfege for mm22-40.
    Sing your own part on solfege
    Sing on text when it's solidified (no sooner!!)
    Speak your part on page 4 in rhythm. Where and how do you think your people should breathe? Make a plan to propose to the group next Monday night.

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    - Review pronunciation using your music and the pronunciation practice track.
    Speak mm13-28 in rhythm. Notice that Part 1 is the melody (which we all know). Everyone solfege and learn Part 2. Mark any unison phrases with "UNISON" and mark where the parts split by writing "DIV" or "DIVISI" or "2 PARTS". We will split into our official two parts next week!

    --People have been inviting Elijah into our homes and our world for centuries, and singing the melody of this particular song to plead him to return. Tradition says that he will bring peace and harmony to the world. What would you wish for Elijah to bring? Is this something people centuries ago would have also yearned for, or is this unique to our present times?

    Password ;-)
    --The password into rehearsal next week will be the last letter of your last name.
  • Homework from 1/29 rehearsal in preparation for 2/5- Click to view homework assignments.

    --Sing through on solfege (be especially careful to keep the Sol low!).
    --Add words when you are confident you've mastered the arc of the melody.
    --Use an online metronome and see if you can get up to the 160 bpm with accuracy! Remember that the eight note gets the beat. Give yourself a few bars of 1-2-3, 1-2-3 before you start singing. 

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    --Review p3 (the first page we sing) so that it stays in your voice and in your body. 
    --Clap the rhythm of the Soprano line from mm13-19. 

    **Your password into the room on Monday night will be the second letter of your First Name**

    Sorry for the delay on posting! BIG thanks to those who emailed to alert me to the tech error. See you Monday!
    -Ms. Kottman
  • Homework to prepare for 1/29- Click to view homework assignments.

    -- How many beats per measure? What kind of note gets the beat?
    -- Write in the solfege for the 'Voices' line on the first page. The first pitch is La and the last pitch is Mi.
    -- Sightread page 1 following the "recipe" we used last week:
           1. Sing a scale up and down. Add an arpeggio for extra flavor.
           2. Be a noticer: are there scale fragments? Are there skips/leaps/jumps that pop out at you? Are there any 
               patterns that will be helpful to you in your reading? 
           3.  Figure it out in small pieces. You can start with rhythm or melody as an isolated element. Start with the
                parts that look easy, or start with the tough bits. TAKE YOUR TIME and isolate tricky things. DON'T just
                "sing through it" - take it apart before you put it together.

           4. Synthesize rhythm and melody and sing it SLOWLY. There's no one as your "judge" here to tell you if
               it's right or not, so you have to be your own judge! Not sure if you nailed that interval correctly? Walk up
               to it and check the pitch! Make sure your practice is accurate.
           5.  Once you've learned it, it's no longer sightreading - it's just practicing! Tadaaaaa!
    -- Practice the first page, being intentional about getting it right the first time. If you have access to an instrument, play your part and see if it matches how you sang it!
    -- There will be an assessment (self, peer, and teacher) at our next rehearsal. BE READY!

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    -- Practice mm5-12. Now practice mm21-28. What do you notice? ;-)
    -- Speak through the "Yai yai yai" section up to the bottom of p7 (after the repeat) in rhythm. Track each note with a finger or pencil on the page - otherwise it all blurs together! Find a comfortable tempo for the accelerando. DO NOT go on to page 8!!

    -- Do a self-assessment on your "Fire" sightreading. What do you feel comfortable/confident about with your sightreading? What about your sightreading skills would you like to improve? How do you feel about sightreading, overall? What could Ms. Kottman or others help you with so you can feel more confident?

  • Homework from 1/8 rehearsal in preparation for 1/15- Click to view homework assignments.

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    --Review & Retrain: page 3 on solfege with correct rhythms and tone
    --Come up with a "tall ah" symbol and mark the first page of your score (Hebrew text)

    The piece by Mary Goetze
    --What is the "foe?"
  • 2017-18 Calendar - Click the button below to download and print the yearly calendar for Arioso. This calendar was updated on 1/2/18

Calendar 2017-18

2017-18 Dress Rehearsal and Concert Dates

  • Tickets for the March concerts are now available for purchase through the Lawrence University Box Office.
  • View other important rehearsal and concert information under the "Announcements" section.
March Dress Rehearsal
Date Friday, March 23
Time 3:45-6:30 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
March Concert Dates
Date Saturday, March 24
Time 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Webcast 7:00 p.m. concert will be available to
watch online through Livestream

Choir Materials

  • Girls must bring a three-ring binder and two sharpened pencils to every rehearsal.
  • Music is the property of the Academy.
  • Girls new to the program will receive a tote bag that becomes theirs.
  • Additional or replacement bags can be purchased through the Academy office for the price of $10 plus tax.

Concert Uniform

  • A red performance top is provided by the Academy. The tops are the property of the Academy and must be returned in good condition at the end of the season. Please do not alter the tops. There will be a fee assessed for the cost to repair or replace a damaged uniform.
  • Each girl must purchase a uniform black skirt, and wear black pantyhose and black closed toed, flat-heeled dress shoes.
  • Post-style earrings for the concerts are acceptable, no hoops.
  • Hair accessories must be small and the color of the hair. Hair must be a natural color. 

Electronics Policy

Cell phones, iPods, electronic readers, and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited during ensemble rehearsals and back stage during concerts.   If a family emergency takes place during a rehearsal or concert, please contact the ensemble manager.

The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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