Three Rivers Youth Chorus is the premiere vocal instruction program in Star Valley, teaching youth to sing and perform, and grounding them in sound musical fundamentals of counting and reading music.
The Chorus offers weekly group voice/music lessons from September to June with a master class and group performances each semester – once in January and once in June.
A master class is a class where volunteer students sing solo for the group and are evaluated by the group and by the instructors. They immediately have an opportunity to perform a second time, applying counsel from the group and instructors. It’s an extremely beneficial opportunity for instruction and performance in a low-stress environment.
Students will also learn about music reading and writing as well as presentation and performance.
Students age 10 through 18 are welcome to audition. There is no limit on the number of students who can participate in this choir.
Auditions will be held August 31st and September 1st 2022 at the Etna Community Center. We will begin at 6:30pm both days. First come, first served.
Auditions should only last about 10 minutes per student. We will have a rubric/outline for each student/parent to see what we are looking for in students who will qualify for the audition choir. The sole purpose of auditions is to verify that students meet musical requirements in terms of knowledge and musicianship.
Cost, Rehearsal Commitment, and Scholarships
A contract signed by parent and student will be due at the first rehearsal. Tuition can be paid in full at that time, or parents can enroll in monthly tuition payments.
Rehearsals will be held each Thursday at the Etna Community Center from 6:30 to 7:30pm or 8pm beginning September 8th. The designated room will be determined soon.
In the event that rehearsal falls on a holiday, rehearsal will be cancelled. Otherwise, even if there is no school Friday, rehearsal will be held unless there is an extreme situation for directors. In the event that neither director can run the rehearsal, we will cancel.
Full annual tuition for the September to June season is $250 per student. This breaks down to only $25/month for professional vocal and performance instruction. If multiple children from one family would like to participate, the first two students will need to pay full tuition, and each additional student will receive a $50 discount.
No tuition refunds will be available once students have signed a contract and paid tuition, unless extreme circumstances apply.
Each season we will issue 8 scholarships at the beginning of the season to the first eight students to enroll. Scholarships will offer a 50% reduced tuition. Scholarship recipients cannot miss more than three rehearsals all season, otherwise the scholarship is forfeited and they must pay the full tuition cost to continue.
List of music genres we will draw from for our concert repertoire: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Art Song, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock, Broadway, Big Band, Soul, Classical Religious, Classical Contemporary, Christian, Black Spiritual, Foreign.
Nearly every number prepared for concert performance by the audition chorus will feature one or more solos and those solos will be distributed among all students who desire to sing a solo in a concert. Some students will be given the opportunity to play instrumentals as well.
How to Sign Up
Three Rivers Youth Chorus is officially open for registration. If you have questions please call or email Janet Erickson at 307-884-3510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To begin the enrollment process please review and complete the required contract below and return it to Janet Erickson via email at email@example.com
If your child would like to participate, please download, review and complete the required forms below. The rehearsal schedule for 2022-2023 will be available soon.
About the Team
Janet Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from BYU, Provo where she studied vocal and choral performance. Erickson studied Choral Conducting and Arranging with Dr. Mack Wilberg (Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square) as well as children’s music with international authority Jerry Jaccard. Erickson is a Certified Kodály Music Educator and has taught private voice and children’s music lessons for 25 years. She has served as a committee member and a clinician for local festivals and music camps. Erickson has been involved in nearly 25 musical theater productions in various capacities. Erickson speaks fluent Italian and is proficient in Spanish and German diction. She and her husband have 7 children and run a small ranch in Bedford, WY.
Tina started a children’s musical performing group, Shining Stars, 6 years ago in Etna and Alpine. They’ve performed for the Senior Center, and at the Lincoln County Fair! She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Child and Family Studies. Tina also co-directs our Children’s Summer Theatre Camp each June. Tina is the mother of 7 children and she, her husband and kids live in Etna, WY.
Jane Andersen has had great opportunities to perform solo in “Rhapsody in Blue” with the band at Star Valley High School, “Grieg’s Piano Concerto” with the Salt River Symphony Chorus, and accompanied for the Silent Film Festival featuring the silent movies of Charlie Chaplin. She also has performed with Marvin Goldstein at Star Valley High School as well as played harpsichord and piano with the annual Messiah and Christmas performances. Jane has also attended summer Orff Schulwerk and Kodály classes at Utah State University. She has played accompaniment for the summer Rock Church Theatre. Jane’s special love is working with children. She teaches kindergarten as well as piano lessons in Afton.