Responsibilities and Cost Audition Information

Phoenix children’s chorus has a place for every child who has a clear and pleasant singing voice, can match pitch, and has a desire to learn. Auditions are required, but are very non-threatening and an enjoyable experience. Once accepted into PCC, your child will be placed in one of the choirs listed below, and our superb artistic staff will teach your child how to sing in a choral setting.

Poco Voce – Music Exploration Class

Instructor: Mary Price

The Phoenix Children’s Chorus has a new music exploration class for boys & girls ages 6-7 at our main campus, The Phoenix Center for the Arts, on Tuesday evenings from 5:45 to 6:45 starting August 15, 2017.

The purpose of this class is to introduce skills that students will develop to allow them to be successful when entering Prep Choir. Students will learn through listening, moving, singing, playing and reading.  Students will learn to follow and read choral scores, music literacy, rhythmic skills, proper use of voice and proper singing technique.

Students in Poco Voce will perform a parent demonstration in November & May.

Prep Choir

Director: Janel Huyett
Accompanist: Kimberly Merrill

The Phoenix Children’s Chorus has two Prep Choirs. One meets at our main campus, The Phoenix Center for the Arts in Central Phoenix, on Tuesday evenings and the other meets at our East Valley location at the ASU Polytechnic Campus on Thursday evenings. The Prep Choirs are comprised of our beginning choristers who come to us with little or no experience. Most of the choristers in the Prep Choirs are between 2nd and 4th grade.

The purpose of the Prep Choir is to introduce and teach the fundamental elements of vocal technique such as posture, breathing, vowel placement, good singing tone, tonal memory, pitch relationships and simple rhythm patterns. These elements are required to develop the child’s musicianship skills and for advancement to the Cadet Choir. Choristers are encouraged to develop self-control, discipline, and stage presence as each relates to the music, rehearsals, and performances. Music literacy is taught within the rehearsal. Choristers will realize a sense of pride in their work through learning basic choral techniques, music of all genres, movement and performance.

Cadet Choir

Director: Melanie Openshaw (EV)
Accompanist: Mary Price
Director: Ginger Wade (Phx)
Accompanist: Mary Price

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 ASU Polytechnic Campus. The Cadet Choirs are our intermediate children’s choirs made up of choristers in 5th through 8th grade.

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.

Concert Choir

Director: Andrea Squires
Accompanist: Jennifer Griffith

The most advanced of our children’s choirs is the Concert Choir. This choir is one of our touring ensembles and travels each summer both nationally and internationally. The Concert Choir meets on Tuesday evenings at our main campus, The Phoenix Center for the Arts in Central Phoenix. The choristers in the Concert Choir are between 6th and 8th grade.

The purpose of the Concert Choir is to refine and cultivate the fundamental elements of good vocal and choral technique as well as provide a wide variety of performance experiences to its members. Each chorister receives thirty minutes of music literacy instruction independent of the rehearsal. Choristers will raise their level of musicianship through thorough preparation of the music. Choristers represent the Phoenix Children’s Chorus in an enthusiastic and professional manner at all PCC functions and performances. Concert Choir members continue to learn and perform music from all genres and enhance the literature through movement and choralography where appropriate. Choristers will be role models in rehearsal, performance, and travel. Participation in the annual tour is a required component of membership in the Concert Choir.

Bravo Choir

Director: Troy Meeker
Accompanist: Caia Decker

Bravo is the high school training choir that prepares our choristers for the advanced level high school choir. This choir meets each Tuesday evening at our main campus, The Phoenix Center for the Arts in Central Phoenix. Bravo tours regionally each year and is made up of 9th through 12th grade students who being trained for advancement into Encore.

The purpose of Bravo is to refine and cultivate the skills necessary for advancement into Encore. Students in Bravo demonstrate the fundamental elements of good vocal and choral technique. Students experience a wide variety of performance opportunities. Each chorister receives thirty minutes of music literacy instruction independent of the rehearsal. Choristers will raise their level of musicianship through thorough preparation of the music. Choristers represent the Phoenix Children’s Chorus in an enthusiastic and professional manner at all PCC functions and performances. Bravo members continue to learn and perform music from all genres and enhance the literature through movement and choralography where appropriate. Choristers will be role models in rehearsal, performance, and travel.

Encore Choir

Director: Ron Carpenter
Accompanist: Lori Woods

The pinnacle singing experience in the Phoenix Children’s Chorus is placement into Encore, our advanced level high school touring choir. Encore meets on Tuesday evenings at our main campus, The Phoenix Center for the Arts in Central Phoenix. Like Concert Choir, Encore tours each summer both nationally and internationally..

The purpose of Encore is to raise the student’s level of aesthetic awareness by providing a continued comprehensive music education through vocal and choral technique, rehearsals and performance opportunities. Each chorister receives thirty minutes of music literacy instruction independent of the rehearsal. Choristers study music from all genres and enhance the literature through movement, choralography, and choreography where appropriate. Choristers will be role models in rehearsal, performance and travel. Membership in Encore is the pinnacle of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus experience. Participation in the annual tour is a required component of membership in Encore.

Dolce Choir

Director: Ron Carpenter

Dolce is a small group of 15-20 of our high school students who have been specially selected through an audition process. Students in both Encore and Bravo are eligible to audition. These students go above and beyond what other students do learning much more repertoire as well as attend an extra rehearsal each week.

Dolce performs all a cappella music in performances that require a smaller group of singers and less notice of time until the performance.