Spectrum Choral Academy, a Gig Harbor-based children and youth choir, is holding auditions for both its community choir programs and June 2016 tour in Italy. New singers are invited to audition by appointment for placement in Youth Chorus, with the option of joining the Italy tour.
Auditions are held by appointment until all space is full, up to 70 singers total per season. Italy tour auditions are for the Youth Chorus (grades 6 to 12) and Ensemble (grade 9 to college) and are ongoing by appointment through Aug. 8. The Italy tour will consist of a choir of 15 to 25 singers, plus parent chaperones.
Spectrum will tour Italy for 11 days, visiting popular tourist attractions and performing in the areas of Rome, Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Venice, Lake Garda, Verona and Mantova. Current singers are actively fundraising and will continue throughout the coming year.
Three choir levels are currently accepting new singers:
▪ Children’s Chorus – grades K-5 (monthly tuition: $75)
▪ Youth Chorus – grades 6-12 (monthly tuition: $135)
▪ Ensemble – grades 9-college (monthly tuition: $135)
Spectrum rehearsals for all levels are held weekly on Saturday mornings from Sept. through May at Chapel Hill Church in Gig Harbor. In addition to Saturday rehearsals, the Ensemble meets again Monday evenings at the home of director Stephanie Charbonneau in Port Orchard to work on special music and solos. Spectrum singers currently come from as far as Bremerton, Port Orchard, Belfair, Gig Harbor, Tacoma and Lakewood.
In addition to year-round programs, Spectrum offers summer camps, a day camp for younger singers and an overnight camp for older grades. These camps are open to both Spectrum singers and all children and youth in the community. These camps provide opportunity for singers seeking additional music enrichment during the summer or an opportunity for those who want the choir experience before making a year-long commitment.
Spectrum Summer Sing is day camp for grades K to 5 and will be held July 27 to 31 at Harbor Covenant Church in Gig Harbor. This year’s theme will be fantasy and fairy tales. Register at www.spectrumchorus.com.
Northwest Choir Camps, an overnight camp for grades 6 to 12, features this year’s theme of “On Broadway.” This camp will held Aug. 9 to 15 at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood. Register at www.northwestchoircamps.com.
Spectrum was designed with the idea of community and mixed-age learning in mind. Youngest singers benefit from regularly rehearsing and working with older mentors. Saturday rehearsal includes individual choir rehearsals, music theory classes taught by professional music educators and a combined rehearsal with all Spectrum choir levels. All Spectrum singers perform in four annual performances, which are open to the public.
For more information on Spectrum programs, visit www.spectrumchorus.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Charbonneau at (360) 271-8086.