The Apprentice, Preparatory, Premier and Boys Choirs rehearse Monday afternoons at Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Avenue. Training Choir rehearses on Tuesday afternoons at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1802 Abercorn (at 34th).
Apprentice Choir is one of the options for our newest singers. Members receive weekly instruction to build skills and acquire tools to become independent musicians. They participate in the Holiday and Spring Concerts, as well as appear on their own at concerts in the fall and spring. They learn to sing unison and simple two part songs, know how to find “Do”, sing a simple melody in solfege, and follow their part in the music. This choir does not tour.
Preparatory Choir is for singers who can follow their music but need help building their music reading skills while learning to be independent singers. This group tours regionally, and participates in the Holiday and Spring Concerts. Preparatory Choir members sing more complicated two part songs and simple three part songs. They know how to find “Do”, sing solfege in unison and parts, and can sing their part independently, even if someone is singing something else beside them.
Premier Choir members possess the tools and skills needed to be independent musicians and model appropriate vocal technique. They have the initiative and knowledge to prepare for rehearsals on their own and sing complicated two-, three – and four-part songs. For example, they can find and solfege multiple parts in the music and can hold their part with other parts being sung around them. The Premier Choir performs at all major concerts and other events throughout the year, and is the national and international touring group*. Members of the Premier Choir are ready for a challenging experience, and aware of the of the time commitment required.
*The Premier Choir is our most advanced choir, and members travel nationally and internationally. While we invite 8th graders to attend Summer Camp, only 8th graders who have been previous members of the Savannah Children’s Choir and who have traveled with the choir are eligible to be invited to join to Premier Choir. All other 8th graders, should they be invited to join the SCC, will be assigned to the Preparatory Choir unless the member can demonstrate previous experience with international group choral travel.