The Spectrum Choral Academy will host a New Singer Open House and Social from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor.
Interested singers will have the opportunity to try a rehearsal and experience the program. New singers will get to sing alongside current Spectrum choristers during rehearsal and participate in music theory classes taught by professional music educators. Parents are invited to observe rehearsal, meet the staff and ask questions.
Singers in grades six through 12 are invited to attend from 9 a.m. to noon, while those in kindergarten through fifth grade can arrive at 10:30 a.m.
Now in its fifth season, Spectrum is a community children’s and youth chorus program based in Gig Harbor with the purpose of inspiring young people through quality music education and performances. Artistic director Stephanie Charbonneau directs all three choir levels: Children’s Chorus (grades K-5), Youth Chorus (grades 6-12) and Ensemble (grades 9 to college-age).
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Spectrum’s repertoire ranges from classical, folk and spirituals to modern choral works, Broadway and popular songs. Even its youngest choristers (starting at age 5) learn how to sing multiple parts/harmonies. When children begin learning these skills at a young age, it becomes natural to hear and sing multiple parts. Spectrum families often comment on how their young musicians naturally harmonize with the radio or their friends after being part of the choir for a year or more. The most advanced Spectrum choristers regularly perform music with 4 to 6 parts. All music is chosen for its ability to educate choristers on how to use their voices in a natural and healthy manner, while learning proper breath support, music theory, music history and ear training skills — promoting a lifelong love of singing.
Charbonneau also makes sure that the selected repertoire is meaningful to each singer and the audience. Spectrum rehearsals provide a much needed break and outlet of expression for the busy and sometimes stressful lives of today’s youth.
Where will the next big tour take them? Plans and fundraising are in progress for the next two Spectrum tours: 2018 to England, Scotland and Wales, and 2019 to New York City (Carnegie Hall).
Spectrum Choral Academy
What: Specturm Choral Academy is currently accepting singers for its two summer camps and 2016-17 choir season spring enrollment.
▪ Spectrum Day Camp (grades K-5), Dates TBD, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chapel Hill Church, Gig Harbor. Cost $145. Register online: www.spectrumchorus.com
▪ Honor Choir Summer Camp (grades 6-12), Aug. 6 to 12 at Warm Beach Camp, Stanwood. Cost $645. Register online: www.northwestchoircamps.com
▪ 2016-17 Spectrum Choral Academy Season. Rehearsals on Saturday mornings, Sept. to May in Gig Harbor. Auditions ongoing for spring enrollment until rehearsals start in Feb. There is space for up to 70 singers in the year-round program. Fill out the online form to receive a registration packet: www.spectrumchorus.com or contact Sharayah at 253-265-5167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.