There are two Cadet Choirs in the Phoenix Children’s Chorus. The first meets on Tuesday evenings at our main campus, The Phoenix Center for the Arts in Central Phoenix, and the other meets on Thursday evenings at our East Valley location at the Chandler Gilbert Community College Campus. The Cadet Choirs are our intermediate children’s choirs made up of choristers in 5th through 8th grade. Ginger Wade serves as Director of the Phoenix Cadet Choir. Melanie Openshaw serves as Director of the East Valley Cadet Choir
The purpose of the Cadet Choir is to teach and to refine the fundamental elements of vocal technique as outlined in the Cadet Choir learner outcomes. In addition students develop melodic and harmonic recognition and music reading skills required for basic musicianship and for advancement to the Concert Choir. The concepts of good choral technique (phrasing, dynamics, tempo, etc.) continue to be developed. Each chorister receives thirty minutes of music literacy instruction independent of the rehearsal. The chorister’s sense of responsibility to himself/herself and to the other students in the choir is encouraged and ongoing as well as a sense of pride in his/her work through music of all genres, movement, and performance.