We are excited to announce the creation of Three Rivers Youth Chorus!
Three Rivers Youth Chorus will be offered as a weekly group voice/music lesson with group performances and a master class at least once (hopefully twice) each semester. Choral performances will take place twice a year at the end of each semester – once in January and once in mid-May or early 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 Wednesday, September 11th and Thursday, September 12th in the Arts Council Room (B106) at the Thayne Community Center. We will begin at 6pm 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.
For students who do not meet the requirements for the audition choir, we will offer a preparatory choir, where students can learn and acquire the knowledge and musicianship to qualify for the audition choir. As soon as a student can demonstrate that he/she meets the requirements, he/she can move the following semester to the audition choir.
Students and parents will be told at the conclusion of each audition which choir they qualify for.
Cost and Rehearsal Commitment
Full annual tuition payment and a contract signed by parent and student
will be due at the first rehearsal on Thursday, September 19.
Rehearsals will be held each Thursday in the Thayne Arts Council Room from 6:30 – 8 pm in the Thayne Community Center. The Preparatory Chorus will rehearse from 6:00 to 6:30 each Thursday in the same room. 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, which is 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 $25 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.
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.
How to Sign-Up
Three Rivers Youth Chorus is officially open for registration. To sign up, please call, text or email Janet Erickson at 307-884-3510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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.