CHOIR

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 register for Divino Voce. Registration for the fall 2021 semester will open at the end of spring. Classes are held at South Suburban Evangelic Free Church in Apple Valley.

Current Students

Music Makers

Description:
Students in this general musical class will have the opportunity to sing rounds and 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.  We will perform at the TCHA Choir Concert at the end of each semester.

Cantabile

Description: 
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, and will sing in unison as well as 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. We will perform at the TCHA Choir Concert and a possible second performance at the end of each semester.

Divino Voce | Mixed Choir

Description: 
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. We will perform at the TCHA Choir Concert and a possible second performance at the end of the semester.

Clara Bella | Young Girls Ensemble

Description: 
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.

Prerequisite:
Must be a member of Divino Voce Mixed Choir to participate.

Audition:
If new to choir, a video audition is required. Please contact Lisa Bernard – lisabernard9@gmail.com

Concordia | Young Men’s Ensemble

Description: 
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.

Prerequisite:
Must be a member of Divino Voce Mixed Choir to participate.

Audition:
If new to choir, a video audition is required. Please contact Lisa Bernard  lisabernard9@gmail.com

Music Makers (COVID-19)

Description:

Divino Voce

Description:
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

Description:
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 lisabernard9@gmail.com.

Cantabile

Description:
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.

Music Makers

Description:
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.

Instructor

Lisa Bernard

Divino Voce, Girls Ensemble, Boys Ensemble

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.

Diane Ryden

Music Makers, Cantabile Ensembles

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.

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