Lawrence Academy Girl Choir: Where Girls Find Their Voice
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, the girls develop vocal technique, musical skills, creativity, expressive artistry and awareness of various cultures. The program creates an atmosphere that encourages girls to respect the uniqueness of others, to take risks that foster individual growth and to continue their development into self-assured young women.
In a typical year, more than 300 girls 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.
The 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 nations. Auditions for all choirs (except Ragazze) are held in April for the following academic year.
Each choir incorporates music history, theory, cultural knowledge and personal experiences to guide singers to a more thorough understanding of the music.
- Ragazze is the training choir of the Girl Choir program. It is the only non-auditioned choir, and is open to girls in third, fourth, and fifth grade.
- Primo is the entry-level auditioned choir of the Girl Choir program. Its focus is on healthy unison singing and score-reading skills.
- Allegretto focuses on solidifying score reading skills, furthers rhythmic and melodic reading skills, and introduces part-singing.
- Capriccio and Arioso develop part-singing skills and focus on healthy vocal production through the girls’ voice change.
- Cantabile solidifies rhythmic and melodic sight-reading skills and introduces standard repertoire for young women’s choirs.
- Bel Canto is the capstone of the Girl Choir program. Bel Canto singers are independent musicians who learn standard repertoire for women’s voices.