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.

COURSES

Divino Voce Ensembles (COVID-19)

  • Grades: 8-12
  • Time: See below
  • Cost: TBD

Description:
For Fall semester we’ll be offering three smaller ensembles (6-10 singers) with three songs for each group – Christmas songs and more!

 

Registration – with limited space in each ensemble, please offer a second choice. 

 

  • Boys Ensemble- 2-2:50pm
  • Mixed Ensemble- 3-3:50pm
  • Girls Ensemble- 4-4:50pm

Recital – at the end of the semester we will be filming each groups performance, and putting them together for an online video recital. We’ll dress in concert attire to joyously bring in the Christmas season. This should be fun and educational, too! We’ll learn a lot by hearing and seeing our performance. 

 

Covid19 concerns – 

  • With smaller ensembles and rehearsing in the auditorium, we’ll be able to socially distance during class and performing.

  • If due to Covid19 we need to cancel class at or before week seven, TCHA will not charge you for the second half of the semester.

  • If due to Covid19 we need to cancel class after week seven, we will continue choir rehearsals over Zoom and end the semester with a virtual choir video ( like our You Say Video). 🙂

Each group would meet online weekly for just 30. min. This would be time well spent!  We would warm up, go over vocal parts, learn dynamics/expression, so we’d be confidently prepared to record the virtual choir video. 

Cantabile & Music Makers (COVID-19)

  • Grades: See below
  • Time: See below
  • Cost: TBD

Description:
We will be offering smaller group Ensembles:

  • Music Makers (1-3) – 11:00-11:55am
  • Cantabile (4-7) – Group 1: 12:00-12:55
  • Cantabile (4-7) – Group 2: 1:00-1:55

Each group will be maxed out at 10 students.

Parents can sign up for whichever Cantabile group is most convenient for their family.

If classes get canceled due to Covid, parents will get a refund for the remaining classes.  A possible alternative to a refund is if a student/parent would like to use money already paid toward private voice lessons via Zoom. 

There will be small “in-person” performances for each class, if at all possible, at the end of the semester. Performances will most likely take place during the last class session in November. 

Divino Voce

  • Grades: 8-12
  • Time: 3:15pm - 4:30pm
  • Cost: $170

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

  • Grades: 8-12
  • Time: 4:35pm - 5:05pm
  • Cost: $85

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

  • Grades: 4-7
  • Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Cost: $160

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

  • Grades: K-3
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Cost: $150

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.

INSTRUCTORS

Lisa Bernard

Divino Voce, Boys & Girls 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!

Diane Ryden

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. 

MEDIA

COVID-19 REGISTRATION NOTICE

We at TCHA (Twin Cities Homeschoolers for the Arts) care about each of our students and their families, and are committed to helping you stay healthy and safe. We also continue to believe in the importance of the performing arts and their role in enriching and blessing our lives. As we look ahead to the Fall semester of 2020, we know that our classes and choirs will need to look a bit differently than they have in former years. Time to get creative!

Areas of change:

1. Safety practices. Best practices will be in place for the ongoing pandemic of COVID19, while still providing opportunities for our students to gather in person to sing, dance, act and play together. Hand washing between classes, hand sanitizer available in all classrooms, sanitized surfaces, small group sizes, and social distancing when possible will all be practiced.

2. No sick students. No students with of cold or flu symptoms will be permitted to attend TCHA classes. If a student does come to class with these symptoms, parents will be contacted and students will be sent home.

3. No large choirs. This semester we will create a variety of smaller ensembles (6-10 voices per ensemble), as well as small group singing classes for younger and more novice voices.

4. Earlier semester dates. We will begin August 26 and end November 18, with no break in October for the Fall musical. This will allow us to complete the semester prior to flu season’s arrival.

5. Drop off & Pick up only. The church will not be open for parents or siblings to hang out during classes.

6. Recitals, not concerts. There will be no large group concerts at the end of the semester. Instead we will hold video recitals, in which group performances will be recorded during the last week of classes and posted online for family and friends to share and enjoy.

7. Live classes. (with the exception of certain drama classes also offered online). If we are unable to meet in person due to church building policies or a sudden increase in COVID19 cases before August 26, we will cancel the Fall semester. Our prayer is that our early start/end dates will decrease the likelihood of any classes being canceled due to COVID19.

8. No down payment. We will ask families to please register so that our instructors and directors can make preparations, however no funds will be withdrawn until August 15, at which time we will know for certain if we may proceed with our Fall semester plans.