Choirs & Classes
SGM is organized into progressive choirs. Students are encouraged to participate in the earlier choirs prior to joining Concert Choir, in order to develop their musical skills and prepare them for more advanced repertoire. Each choir will participate in the fall and spring concerts. All choristers are required to practice their music at home in preparation for rehearsals.
Expectations for practicing are shared in weekly rehearsals. In order for the directors to assess a student’s readiness for participation in a choral group and to determine voice parts, all new prospective choir members will schedule an audition. These will be held on August 9, 2017, at Bethany Bible Fellowship Church in Hatfield, PA. Age cutoffs for the choirs are October 1.
Directors may opt to place students in choirs based on their ability rather than age, as appropriate. Directors also reserve the right to deny enrollment, to request that a chorister discontinue participation, and in special cases to require private music lessons for participation in the choirs.
Prima Choir (Ages 5-7)
Gayle Tuttle, Director
This choral readiness program is designed to help develop and solidify the ability to sing in tune and keep a steady beat. A multi-sensory approach is used, including rhythm and tonal activities, as well as singing and movement games. Choristers will participate briefly in the winter and spring concerts, for which attendance is required. Prerequisite: Completion of Family Fun class or a “Mommy and Me” interview.
Cantabile Choir (Ages 7-11)
Gayle Tuttle, Co-Director
Joanna Firth, Co-Director
Students in Youth Choir are introduced to principles of good choral singing technique, as well as musical expression. Although students will be taught some of the material by rote, they will also be taught foundational principles in reading music and how to sing in two parts. Ability to match pitch and repeat patterns is required.
Laudate Choir (Ages 12 and Up)
Joanna Firth, Director
More advanced musicianship is developed, and singing is in four parts. Members must demonstrate satisfactory music reading skills, as well as ability to match pitch and repeat patterns.
Music Fundamentals Family Fun Class (Ages 2-5)
Gayle Tuttle, Teacher
This class meets the first 11 weeks of each semester and is designed for the parent and child(ren) to participate together. Older siblings may attend at no additional cost. Family Fun is for young children and their families. Students will enjoy using all of their senses to discover the world around them. They will use their imagination while singing and playing instruments to nature-themed songs.
Through echoing rhythm and tonal patterns, they begin to learn the language of music. Purposeful movement activities and focused listening exercises engage their minds and bodies. Language development is nurtured through the rhythm of poetry and storytelling. Quality Home Materials (by MusikGarten) enable parents to bring music/activities home for their children to enjoy on a daily basis. This important listening dimension surrounds your child with music every day.
Rhythmic Movement and Musical Expression (RMME)
Karen Burgman, Teacher
Rhythmic Movement and Musical Expression (RMME) employs Eurhythmics, an approach to enhancing instrumental and vocal skills that is usually offered only at world class music schools or to very young children. This basic approach to rhythmic study incorporates some of the most essential and practical work that can help any musician desiring to grow beyond the scope of private instrument lessons. Eurhythmics ultimately aims to connect the musician to the music in a way that utilizes the physical aspect of rhythm to improve attention and perception and give the artist greater musical control of expression. The class work involves three parts: training and coordinating the body in rhythm and nuance, utilizing solfege to train the ear, eye and voice in pitch, melody and harmony. Improvisation is the pinnacle of putting all parts together in movement with voice or at an instrument.
Advanced Ensembles (Ages 14 and Up)
Advanced Ensembles are open to Laudate Choir members who audition in the fall. Members must be willing to be leaders in Laudate Choir. Students sing more difficult repertoire and are expected to be comfortable singing a capella and in divided parts.