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  799 Roosevelt Rd.,
  Building 6, suite 100
  Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
  (630) 858-2471 phone
  (630) 858-2476 fax

 

Ensemble Placement Hearings and Registration

   
   

The Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus welcomes all interested children, kindergarten-age and older. The scope and variety of GECC programs provide skill-appropriate opportunities for all children to participate in at various stages of their development and maturity. Children 3rd grade and older may tryout for one of the Chorus' performing ensembles. Those in K-2 can register for the Chorus' weekly classes as described below in the Weekly K-2 Classes section.

The Chorus takes in new choristers twice per year: September and January.

Our next set of placement hearings will take place on:

Tuesday, May 27, at 4:30 pm

Tuesday, June 3 at 6:00 pm

Tuesday, June 10 at 5:30 pm.

FAQs

Q. Do I have to live in Glen Ellyn to be in the Chorus?

A. No, we have children from over 30 different communities.

Q. What do I have to do at the placement hearing?

A. A small group sings "My Country 'tis of Thee" sevral times. You may be asked to sing "My Country" alone after several practices. A short vocalizing seesion follows, focusing on posture, breath, singing voice, etc. The director will play 3 or 4 notes on the piano and each singer to sing them back to her. Those singers with previous musical experience are asked to identify a key signature and possibly to sight sing a line of music.

Q. How long does it take?

A. Depending on the number of children participating, 40 minutes to an hour. This includes time to meet the director, talk with her, ask questions.

Q. Is there any cost to attend the hearing.

A. No.

Q. How do I find out what ensemble I am placed in?

A. The director will tell you at the end of the hearing.

Q. Where are hearings held?

A. For August/September to be determined (in Glen Ellyn).

Q. How do I register if I want to join the Chorus?

A. You will be given a registration packet at the end of the hearing.

Q. When do rehearsals start?

A. In late August (Touring and Concert Chorus) and early September (Treble Chorus).

 

 

Performing Ensembles
Tuition
Other Expenses and Responsibilities
Weekly K-2 Classes (MEC)

What do Choristers Do?
What do parents Do?
Points to Remember

   

Performing Ensembles

Treble Chorus is the beginning level choral ensemble for children approximately 8-11. Rehearsals are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:00 pm and the children perform approximately four concerts a year.

Concert Chorus is the intermediate level choral ensemble for children with a strong choral background. Rehearsals are held Mondays and Thursdays from 4:20-6:05 pm. The children perform approximately four concerts a year and may have one weekend tour in the mid-western area per season.

Touring Chorus is the advanced level choral ensemble made up of experienced, mature singers. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 6:15 - 8:00 pm and Thursdays from 4:15-6:15 pm. This ensemble performs extensively, particularly in December and the spring. One international, national or regional tour may be taken per season, often rotating over a cycle of two to three years.

Tuition

Tuition Covers: over 100 hours of high caliber musical instruction and vocal training per season as well as choristers' activities and materials, music and folder, supplies, mailings, notices, rehearsal space, conductor and accompanist.

Tuition Rate: Tuition for the 2007-2008 season will be:
TREBLE Chorus - $750
CONCERT Chorus - $875
TOURING Chorus - $975

For the January to May semester, tuition is one half of the above.

Discounts are granted when

  • more than one child in the same immediate family is in the Chorus ($50 per child).
  • a family with a child in Chorus also enrolls a child in MEC. ($25 Applies only to the Chorus child)
  • a Chorus family refers another child who then auditions and registers for Chorus ($100) or registers for MEC ($25).

Tuition deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE. A split payment plan may be prearranged, and there is a small additional charge for this.

Financial aid is available based on economic need. Call the Chorus office for an application.

Other Expenses and Responsibilities

Concert Dress: Choristers are responsible for buying their own concert dress. This includes a custom-made shirt, a black T-shirt, a GECC baseball-style shirt, and black dress pants. Concert choristers will need a black GECC polo shirt; Touring choristsers will need the black polo and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Concert Tickets: Choristers are encouraged to sell 10 tickets to our own Holiday Concert and to our Spring Concert each season.

Annual Giving Campaign: Every fall parents are asked to make a tax-deductible contribution to the chorus.

Major Chorus Benefit Event: Every year the Chorus holds a major fundraising event. Chorus families are expected to support this event as described upon registration. For 2007-2008 season this will be a Raffle held in the spring.

Chorister Fundraisers: To help choristers pay for expenses several OPTIONAL individual fundraising activities are available throughout the year. The money that choristers raise goes into each chorister's individual fundraiser account to help offset expenses of tuition or a future tour.

Volunteering: Parents are expected to participate in some support activities as described in the registration materials.

Other Expenses: Choristers pay a nominal fee for the annual Retreat in September. Tours are charged separately from other expenses.

Weekly Classes (MEC)

Musical Experience for Children (MEC) is our entry level class ("pre-choral training") for young children (K to 2nd grade) with little or no previous musical background.

  • Kindergarten and first grade:

  • This class meets once a week on:
    Tuesdays in Glen Ellyn at the Glen Ellyn Park District from 5:00 to 5:50 pm or
    Wednesdays at the College of DuPage from 5:00 to 6:00 pm or
    Thursdays in Wheaton at the Wheaton Park District from 4:30 to 5:20 pm.

  • Second grade:

  • This class meets once a week on:
    Tuesdays in Glen Ellyn at the Glen Ellyn Park District from 6:00 to 7:00 pm or
    Wednesdays at the College of DuPage from 5:00 to 6:00 pm or
    Thursdays in Wheaton at the Wheaton Park District from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

There is no placement hearing necessary for this program and registration is handled by the GE Park District or the College of DuPage Youth Education program or for the Wheaton Park District class by the GECC (630-858-2471).

MEC tuition: Registration and payment for the Musical Experience for Children class is handled through the Glen Ellyn Park District (858-2462) or the College of DuPage (942-2377) or for the Wheaton Park District class through the GECC (858-2471).

Rates for Glen Ellyn Park District in 2007-2008 are $185 per semester for Park District residents and $267.50 per semester for non-residents.

Rates for the College of DuPage in 2007-2008 are $185 per semester for everyone.

Rates for the Wheaton Park District in 2006-2007 are $185 per semester for Park District residents and $267 per semester for non-residents.

 

 

What do Choristers Do?

Grow: Through the following activities, the children learn, develop and mature as people and as artists - and they have a lot of fun doing it, too!

Rehearse: Twice a week all ensembles meet to rehearse at 501 Hill Ave., Glen Ellyn. (The Musical Experience for Children classes meet once a week.)

Perform: All choristers sing in at least four concerts a year, and the more advanced ensembles perform considerably more often. Regular performances include our own Holiday and Spring Concerts as well as may other local concerts. Special appearances have included singing at Chicago's Orchestra Hall, the Ravinia Festival, and the Grant Park summer concerts.

Have Fun: Throughout the year the Chorus has special events just for fun, such as Retreat, Celebration Night and Visiting Choir events.

Tours: The advanced ensemble has participated in many national and international tours over the years. The intermediate ensemble may take a shorter weekend tour in the Midwest area.

What Do Parents Do?

Parents are always strongly encouraged to be a part of their child's Chorus experience by attending concerts and fun-day events and also coming to a few rehearsals throughout the year.

Volunteer activities for parents are crucial and plentiful. The sheet given at hearings indicates areas where help is needed either for single events or in a more ongoing capacity. Here lasting family friendships are made and invaluable support is given to the children's activities.

Points to Remember

  • Hearings are really easy. They're just for placement.
  • You don't have to be a "good" singer before you join the Chorus.

The children say it best:

  • "I have made lifelong friendships in the Chorus."
  • "Chorus is really fun."
  • "I can't believe the places we have sung and the experiences we have had. The benefits I have received are more than I can put into words. I've learned about friendship as well as music."
  • "Coming to the Chorus is like coming home to a family of friends."