TCHA offers several choir classes each semester: Divino Voce (8th – 12th), Cantabile (4th – 7th), and Music Makers (K – 3rd). We also offer a Boy’s Select Choir and a Girl’s Select choir for advanced singers (8th – 12th). 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 audition for Divino Voce. Registration for the fall 2020 semester will open at the end of spring. Classes are held at South Suburban Evangelic Free Church in Apple Valley.
DIVINO VOCE (8th - 12th)
Students in Divino Voce 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. They will explore other languages, learn some fun warm-ups, and work on rhythm/movement which will help them loosen up and “feel” what they’re singing. Students will perform at the TCHA Choir Concert and a possible second performance at the MOA, Senior Center, or festival.
Prerequisite: Ability to carry a tune.
Homework: Practice choir music 30 minutes, 5 times a week. Vocal demonstration parts can be found using the “Vocal Parts” link above.
BOYS SELECT & GIRLS SELECT (8th - 12th)
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.
CANTABILE (4th - 7th)
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. Boys with a changing or changed voice should contact Lisa Bernard.
MUSIC MAKERS (K - 3rd)
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, GIRLS/BOYS SELECT
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 being a 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!
CANTABILE, MUSIC MAKERS
Diane Ryden is excited to join TCHA! She taught elementary classroom and choral music in the Twin Cities for 14 years before stepping away from teaching full-time to raise a family and homeschool her kids. Since then, Diane has stayed musically active by singing with Deo Cantamus and participating in the music ministry at church.