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  799 Roosevelt Rd.,
  Building 6, suite 100
  Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
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Performing Ensembles and Programs

   
   
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 may audition for one of the Chorus' performing ensembles or they can simply register for the Chorus' weekly classes and other Outreach programs. All GECC programs are designed to discover, nurture, and develop the "artist in every child." Thousands of young lives have been enhanced through skill mastery, self-expression, and teamwork designed to develop self-esteem, confidence, and self-respect.   The Performing Ensembles
Musical Experience for Children (MEC)
Honors Chorus Festival
School Exchanges
Week Alive Summer Arts Camp
The Scholarship Program
   

The Performing Ensembles

comprise the core of GECC's ongoing programs. Rehearsing twice weekly, they serve children at various skill levels. The challenges of musicianship and repertoire increase incrementally with each ensemble, creating a sequential upward spiral of learning and development. Through rehearsals and performances, boys and girls in the Treble Chorus, the intermediate Concert Chorus, and the more experienced Touring Chorus enjoy a high level of accomplishment, make lasting friendships, and enjoy a nurturing and challenging learning environment.

Musical Experience for Children (MEC)

is a non-auditioned weekly class serving children in kindergarten through second grade. Designed as an entry-level, pre-choral training program, there is no comparable class in existence for children of this formative young age. Through such activities as finding the singing voice, moving to music to develop kinesthetic awareness, working with Orff instruments, and singing age-appropriate fine repertoire, children grow and develop skills that enhance broad-based learning skills in many areas.

Honors Chorus SingFest

offers hundreds of young singers and their teachers a day of invigorating challenge and musical growth through choral activities led by prominent guest clinicians and the GECC Artistic Director. Designed to support classroom music programs and community-based choruses, the SingFest also offers concurrent sessions for teachers focusing on rehearsal strategies, vocal pedagogy for the child voice, and appropriate new repertoire. Culminating in a Festival Concert (performed by the participants, free-of-charge), approximately 400 children and 50 music teachers take part in this amazing choral experience. Registration efforts target schools throughout DuPage, Kane, Will and Cook counties, particularly where school music programs are lacking or non-existent.

School Exchanges

are an additional way the Chorus reaches hundreds of school children. This program involves students in quality musical experiences on-site in their own schools. Each winter, programs ranging from 30-60 minutes in length are presented in numerous area schools. School music teachers help define the type of program that best meets their needs, ranging from interactive rehearsals with their choirs, to vocal demonstration by the GECC, or performances for all-school assemblies. School Exchanges generate interest in music, support local music teachers and their programs, and provide exceptional musical opportunities for students with limited access.

 

Week Alive Summer Arts Camp

offers local children an introductory experience of musical discovery, expression, and growth. Held at the College of DuPage daily for one week in June, activities include movement, improvisation, choral singing, vocal techniques, and simple staging of selected works. Young people dance and sing folk songs of different cultures, stage musical theater songs, sing choral works with movement, and explore many styles and ways of interpreting music with body and voice. They discover the joy and self-expression of singing, acting, and movement, and present a free demonstration concert for parents at the close of the week. Connie Canaday Howard of the Buffalo Theater Ensemble, a professional company in residence at College of DuPage, has joined GECC Artistic Director Emily Ellsworth for the last two years to lead the program.

The Scholarship Program

enables the Chorus to accomplish one of its key commitments - that finances not preclude a child from participating in any Chorus program. Financial aid is based on economic need; to date, the Chorus has provided for all requests received. Through the Kay J. Kehoe Scholarship Fund, children participate who would not otherwise be able to including those from low-income and/or single-parent homes and choristers whose families' financial setbacks would preclude the child from continuing in the program.