Three Rivers Youth Chorus


Three Rivers Youth Chorus teaches youth to sing and perform, and helps ground them in sound musical fundamentals of counting and reading music.

The Chorus offers weekly group voice/music lessons with group performances and a master class each semester. Choral performances typically take place twice a year at the end of each semester – once in January and once in April.

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.


Auditions

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 September 8th and 9th 2021 in room B106 at the Thayne Community Center. We will begin at 6:30pm both nights. 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 and Rehearsal Commitment

Full annual tuition payment and a contract signed by parent and student will be due at the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals will be held each Thursday in room B106 of the Thayne Community Center from 6:30 – 8pm beginning September 16th.

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 will be $125 per student. This breaks down to only $16/month–an incredible value. If this amount would prevent a student from participating, please contact a director and arrangements may be considered privately for a need-based scholarship. If multiple children from one family would like to participate, the first student 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.

Business sponsorships or donations from businesses and individuals are welcome.


Music

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.


Health Precautions

We have been advised by county health officials to have youth participants wear masks when not singing., therefore we ask students to bring a mask to wear. We will have some available as well. We encourage students to come to auditions and rehearsals with clean hands, and we will have hand sanitizer available. Please do not have your student attend if they have been feeling unwell.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we do our best to keep your children and our community safe and healthy.


How to Sign-Up

Three Rivers Youth Chorus is officially open for registration. If you have questions please call, text or email Janet Erickson at 307-884-3510 or tryc.starvalley@gmail.com

To begin the enrollment process please review and complete the required forms below and return them to Janet Erickson via email at tryc.starvalley@gmail.com


Chorus Forms

If your child would like to participate, please download, review and complete the required forms below:


Directors

JANET ERICKSON
Voice and Musicianship
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.

LAURIE ARNOLD
Performance and Presentation

Laurie Arnold, a lyric mezzo-soprano, is a multifaceted vocalist with a unique ability to perform a variety of genres. Her musical roots began in country music and bloomed into a prosperous jazz career until she decided to study opera in search of increased vocal range and power. Laurie has performed worldwide in a variety of venues including tours of New Zealand, Israel and Italy. She has also performed at the Sydney Opera House in Australia and at the Vatican for Pope Benedict. Laurie holds a bachelors degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling.

JANE ANDERSEN
Accompanist

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.