Ragazze singers singing during a concert, wearing red t-shirts with the Girl Choir graphic on the right breast and black pants

Ragazze is a training choir for singers in grades 3-5 who identify as female. There is no audition required. Singers will learn the basics of healthy singing through the use of folk songs and singing games and perform in both the fall and spring Girl Choir concerts in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. 

Students registered for Academy ensembles are also expected to participate in a curricular (during the school day, for credit) performing musical ensemble when available; Ragazze should not substitute for curricular music programs.

Registration

Registration is now open for the 2020-21 season of Ragazze. Click the button below to register.

Registration Form

Tuition assistance is available to families who demonstrate financial need.

 


Announcements

  • Share a Song
    • ​While we are unable to share our concert this semester, we invite you to share a Girl Choir song with someone whose day could use brightening. Click here for more information. #GCshareasong
       

  • COVID-19 Update
    • As of March 15, all Girl Choir rehearsals and performances for the spring semester have been canceled for everyone’s safety, effective immediately. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    • Auditions will be rescheduled. You will receive more information in early April.

    • You will receive an email regarding music and uniform collection once the dates have been finalized.
       

  • Concert Ticket Refunds

We would be tremendously grateful for anyone willing to consider their ticket purchase a donation to the Academy. Your tickets support all the work we do, including providing access to music instruction for 1 in 10 Academy students annually who would otherwise be unable to afford it.

For those who purchased concert tickets, refunds will be offered for all cancelled Academy performances. The Lawrence University Box Office will be able to begin processing refunds on Wednesday, March 18. The building is closed to outside visitors at this time; families will only be able to reach the box office by phone at 920-832-6749 or by email at box_office@lawrence.edu.

The box office hours are as follows:

  • March 18-21 - 12:30-4:00 p.m.
  • March 22 - closed
  • March 23-28 - 12:30-4:00 p.m.
  • March 29 - closed

 


Resources

Two of Ragazze's second semester songs are lullabies that come from Native American tribes. Below, you can find links for Ragazze singers to listen to the indigenous speakers of these pieces.

Both songs come from the recording, "Under the Green Corn Moon," which can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpb7CWcPeRQ  

  • The first song is "Konolounka," an Onieda Lullaby which is at 12:38 on the recording.
  • The second song is "Untitled" (Kiowa) and is at 3:05 on the recording.


You can find more information at the links below:

 


2019-20 Dress Rehearsal and Concert Dates

Tickets for the winter concert go on sale October 30, and tickets for the spring concert go on sale March 9. Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office online, over the phone, or in-person.

Dress Rehearsals
 
Friday, December 13, 2019 3:45-6:30 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel
   

Friday, March 27, 2020
CANCELED

3:45-6:30 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

   
Concerts
 
Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel
- 7:00 p.m. concert will be available
to view online via Livestream.

 

Sunday, March 29, 2020
CANCELED

 

2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel
- 7:00 p.m. concert will be available
to view online via Livestream.

Ragazze Girl Choir
Grades 3–5, non-auditioned

Staff

Patricia Merrifield, teacher-conductor
Jenna Quinn
, manager

Rehearsals

Mondays, 4:15–5:15 p.m.
September 9–December 9
January 6–March 9*
*Further rehearsals cancelled due to COVID-19.

Location:
First English Lutheran Church, Room 220

Report an Absence

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2019-20 Calendar

Click the button below to view the 2019-20 Ragazze calendar.

2019-20 Calendar

Policies and Required Materials

Registration in an Academy program indicates your understanding and acceptance of our guidelines. In addition to the Academy guidelines, please click through the subjects below to read about Girl Choir-specific policies and required materials.

Girl Choir Handbook
Please refer to the Girl Choir handbook for a comprehensive list of guidelines. Click here to view the handbook.
 
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.
 
Concert Uniform
  • A short sleeve red shirt for the concerts is included in the tuition price. Shirts will be distributed at rehearsal.
  • Ragazze singers must wear black pants, black socks, and black closed-toed, flat-heeled dress shoes.
  • Post-style earrings for concerts are acceptable, no hoops.
  • Hair must be a natural color, or sprayed a natural color, for performance. Singers with longer hair should pull or pin hair back so that it does not obscure their face while on stage. Hair accessories should be small and the color of the hair.
  • There is no uniform return necessary at the end of the season; the Ragazze T-shirt is yours to keep.
Choir Materials
  • Students must bring their red music folder (distributed at the first rehearsal) and two sharpened pencils to every rehearsal.
  • Music is the property of the Academy.
  • Students new to the program will receive a tote bag that becomes theirs.
  • Additional or replacement bags can be purchased through the Academy office at the cost of $10 plus tax.

Ragazze singers sing and watch the conductor, who has her arms raised in the foreground

Ragazze singers hug and smile for the cameraA close-up of Ragazze singers singing during a concertStylized Girl Choir typography designed to look like a treble clef