TCHA offers several choir classes each semester: Divino Voce (8th – 12th), Cantabile (4th – 7th), and Music Makers (K – 3rd), Clara Bella (8th-12th young women’s ensemble), Concordia (8th-12th young men’s ensemble). Young men whose voices have not begun the changing process should sign up for Cantabile. Young men who have started or completed the voice changing process (the clearest sign of this is a much deeper voice) can register for Divino Voce.
During our class, students develop skills in singing, note reading and playing rhythms (especially learning to keep a steady beat!), as well as moving to and listening to music. Our goal is to develop a firm foundation on which to build in becoming strong musicians. Students will perform at TCHA’s Choir Concert at the end of the semester.
Music Makers get to experience making music together through singing rounds and folk songs, as well as expressing themselves through movement. They will continue developing a foundation in music concepts-such as note reading, dynamics, tempo, steady beats, reading rhythms, etc.-through singing and playing classroom instruments. Students will perform at TCHA’s Choir Concert at the end of the semester.
Cantabile Choir members focus on learning to sing as an ensemble as we prepare music, including songs in foreign languages, to be performed at TCHA’s Choir Concert at the end of the semester. They will sing music from different genres, singing unison, 2-part, and 3-part music. Cantabile is appropriate for boys with unchanged voices.
Divino Voce Mixed Choir
Choir is fun! Singing with a group and working together to make a choral piece come alive is exciting. In Divino Voce we will work on music ranging from unison to 4 part harmony in various styles. This could include Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Hymns, Christmas, Patriotic, Spirituals and Folk Songs. We’ll explore other languages, learn some fun warm-ups, and work on rhythm/movement which will help us loosen up and “feel” what we’re singing.
The choir will have 1-2 performances at the end of the semester.
Potential MOA performance date: December 10
Clara Bella – Young Women’s Ensemble
This class will be offered each Fall Semester.
This smaller group will learn two songs in unison/2&3 part harmony. We’ll work on listening and blending our beautiful female voices, and moving together as well.
Must be a member of Divino Voce Mixed Choir to participate.
Concordia – Young Men’s Ensemble
This class will be offered each Spring Semester.
This smaller group will learn two songs in unison/2&3 part harmony. We’ll sing songs that enhance the men’s range, blending, and work on movement as well.
Must be a member of Divino Voce Mixed Choir to participate.
Music Makers (COVID-19)
Choir is fun! Singing with a group and working together to make a choral piece come alive is exciting. In Divino Voce we will work on music ranging from unison to 4+ part harmony in various styles. This could include Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Christmas, Patriotic, Spirituals and Folk Songs. We’ll explore other languages, learn some fun warm-ups, and work on rhythm/movement which will help us loosen up and “feel” what we’re singing. We will perform at the TCHA Choir Concert and a possible second performance at the MOA, Senior Center or festival.
Let’s use our God-given talents to praise His name and to bring joy and beauty to those around us!
Boys & Girls Select
The Boy’s and Girl’s Select choirs are smaller groups for advanced singers.
These classes meet every other week. Audition required or previous participation. To schedule an audition, contact Lisa Bernard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in Cantabile will focus on singing as an ensemble to prepare music for the spring concert, including songs in foreign languages. Students will also begin practicing basic sight-singing. They will enjoy different genres and styles of music, unison, 2 and 3 part music, rounds and folk songs and movement. This group is appropriate for boys with unchanged voices, or who can still sing comfortably in their falsetto.
Students participating in our Music Makers group will have opportunities to sing rounds, folk songs,as well as to express themselves through movement. They will continue to develop a foundation in music concepts (such as note reading, dynamics, tempo, solfege, steady beats, reading rhythms, etc.), through singing and playing classroom instruments. Performing in a spring concert will wrap up the semester.
Divino Voce, Clara Bella, Concordia
Lisa Bernard has sung professionally for over 25 years. Her voice has appeared on numerous radio/TV commercials and she’s recorded background vocals for many major Pop and Christian recording artists. She scored a top ten hit with her song “Better Than You” as Lisa Keith in 1993. Her favorite memory from that time was performing on the Jay Leno Show. Before her professional career, Lisa studied classical voice, enjoyed high school and college choirs, and was selected for All State choir.
Lisa has devoted herself to the music ministry at church, as well as leading choirs and music classes for the homeschool community. She also enjoys performing locally with her husband, Spencer Bernard (also a tutor at TCHA). Being a homeschool mom, Lisa is excited to be part of TCHA and all it offers homeschoolers. She enjoys helping her students learn about music, experience the joy of singing, and glorify the Lord with their voices.
Music Explorers, Music Makers, Cantabile Choir
Diane Ryden taught elementary classroom and choral music in the Twin Cities for a number of years before stepping away from teaching full-time to raise a family and homeschool her kids. During her years as a music teacher in the school system, Diane earned an MA degree from UST in Music Education, with a certification in Orff-Schulwerk. Diane’s interest in choral directing also led her to continue taking graduate classes in conducting and vocal development.
Diane has enjoyed singing in the Deo Cantamus Chorale for the last several years. She also ministers through music at her church. While Diane loves working with all kids, her heart has particularly been drawn to homeschooled students. She hopes her students see not only her love of music but, more importantly, her love of the Lord!