Lawrence Academy Girl Choir: Where Girls Find Their Voice
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The Academy Girl Choir program is the only non-profit girl choir in the Fox Valley region. Through the study and performance of the highest quality music, singers develop vocal technique, musical skills, creativity, expressive artistry, and an awareness of various cultures. The program creates an atmosphere that encourages singers to respect the uniqueness of others, to take risks that foster individual growth, and to continue their development into self-assured adults.
In a typical year, approximately 300 singers who identify as female are enrolled in the Girl Choir program. They represent more than 50 schools throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Singers are expected to participate in their school music program; Girl Choir should not substitute for curricular music class.
Girl Choir teacher-conductors are trained in vocal development and teach singers how to use their voices in an efficient and healthy manner. The curriculum for the Girl Choir program is based on the philosophy of music educator Zoltan Kodály, who believed in using the best quality age-appropriate music for children. The curriculum is also strongly based on the principles of the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) Project, which stresses the thorough understanding of a musical selection while creating a personal and emotional response to the music. Finally, our conductors are all trained in vocal pedagogy to ensure healthy vocal production before, during, and after the voice change. Rehearsals are the heart of the Girl Choir program and enable girls to notice, wonder, discuss, learn, create, and sing as individual members of one community.
The entire Girl Choir program gives four public performances annually, held in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel in December and March. Older choirs enjoy additional performance opportunities in the wider community and throughout the nation. National performances have included multiple performances at Carnegie Hall; international children’s choir festivals held in Seattle, St. Marys (Ontario), and Petoskey, Michigan; representing the state of Wisconsin at the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia; and exchanges with children’s choirs in Denver, Omaha, Minneapolis, Rochester, and Chicago. They have been guest artists on local performances with newVoices (formerly White Heron Chorale), Fox Valley Symphony, Fox Valley Youth Orchestras, Makaroff Youth Ballet, Appleton Boychoir, Lawrence University choirs and orchestra, Fox Valleyaires, and Monteverdi Chorale (Stevens Point). Girl Choirs have appeared on Wisconsin Public Television, were featured in the grand opening of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, at a Governor’s Cultural Congress, and at “The Event Awards,” the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce gala. Girl Choirs were selected, by anonymous audition, to perform at state and regional conferences of choral conductors and music educators and recently earned second place in the national American Prize competition.
Auditions for all choirs (except Ragazze) are held in April for the following academic year.
Audition requests for the 2019-20 season are closed.
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Ragazze Choir (non-auditioned) registration is now open.
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Registration in an Academy program indicates understanding and acceptance of the Academy Guidelines.
The Girl Choir program is made up of seven choirs.
Ragazze, grades 3-5
Ragazze is a training choir for any singer who identifies as female and is in grades three through five. No audition is required. Singers will learn the basics of healthy singing through the use of folk songs, singing games, and simple choral compositions. For more information, please visit the Ragazze webpage.
Primo, grades 3-5
The Primo curriculum introduces large group rehearsal processes. Singers learn choral rehearsal and performance skills, how to read choral music and how to sing as a choir in unison. For more information, please visit the Primo webpage.
Allegretto, grades 4-6
The Allegretto curriculum strengthens the basics of choral singing. Singers learn basic rhythmic and melodic reading skills, healthy vocal production and breathing skills and how to sing as a choir in unison and two parts. For more information, please visit the Allegretto webpage.
Capriccio, grades 5-7
The Capriccio curriculum strengthens rhythmic and melodic reading skills and teaches healthy vocal production through the beginning stages of the voice change. Singers perform repertoire in unison, two and three parts. For more information, please visit the Capriccio webpage.
Arioso, grades 6-8
The Arioso curriculum solidifies rhythmic and melodic reading skills and teaches healthy vocal production throughout the voice change. Singers perform repertoire in unison and two and three parts. For more information, please visit the Arioso webpage.
Cantabile, grades 8-10
The Cantabile curriculum reinforces rhythm and melodic reading skills and explores a wide variety of music written for treble choirs. Cantabile may perform multiple times per year as opportunities arise. For more information, please visit the Cantabile webpage.
Bel Canto, grades 10-12
The Bel Canto curriculum explores historical, theoretical, and cultural aspects of a wide range of repertoire written for treble choir. Bel Canto singers prepare music for multiple performances per year as part of the Girl Choir program and as guest artists. For more information, please visit the Bel Canto webpage.