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Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus

The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus is an educationally based choral ensemble program. Participants learn healthy vocal technique, sight-reading, and music theory while experiencing performance excellence. The learning environment is creative, explorative, and fun. Our students form lasting relationships with others and develop a lifelong appreciation of music.

Contact:

Cory Westby

Director, Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus, Adjunct Instructor, Music

Auditions

Auditions for LRYC can be scheduled by emailing the Artistic Director Cory Westby at lrycsings@gmail.com or by calling the Lenoir-Rhyne Music Department office at 828.328.7147. Open auditions for singers are held in the fall and spring of each year. Auditions may also be scheduled throughout the season by special request.

Open auditions for the spring will be held January 6 and 7, 2018 from 2 pm - 4 pm in the Mauney Music Building. There is nothing to prepare; just bring your voice. Drop by any time during that two-hour window.

Membership

Singers are invited to participate in LRYC based on the skills demonstrated in audition. Students in grades 3-12 are eligible and invited to audition. LRYC welcomes young people of all races, backgrounds, and abilities to be part of the program. A limited amount of tuition assistance is available for those demonstrating financial need.

It is expected that members of LRYC understand the meaning of commitment and responsibility in a choral setting. Each child and parent should consider membership in the choir as an honor. Dedication to the program will enhance the singer and will foster a strong foundation of responsibility for the singer, as well as the family’s personal experience Membership in LRYC is for one full season, which runs August through May. Each singer is expected to remain active and committed for the entire season. Tuition is to be paid in full even when a child is unable to fulfill his or her commitment and resigns mid-season. For 2017-18, tuition is $120 per semester. There is also a $25 administration fee, which is collected once per program year.

Minnesingers

Minnesingers is a choir for young singers who have demonstrated the ability to match pitch. This choir provides a foundation for progress and development in vocal music. Attention span and quiet concentration are points of focus, as well as practice and development in vocal technique, basic note, reading, solfege, and unison to two-part music. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm.

Meistersingers

Meistersingers is a choir comprised of treble singers who have demonstrated advanced vocal technique and music reading skills. The dedicated young artists of the ensemble present a season concert series in Hickory and the surrounding areas. This is also the primary touring choir of the organization. Emphasis is placed on more advanced vocal technique, music reading skills, performance, teamwork, and leadership. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 7 pm - 8:30 pm.

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers is a small ensemble designed to work with more mature treble voices that are self-motivators and independent singers. This group focuses on small group and advanced literature. Singers should have spent time developing healthy vocal skills as a Meistersingers before auditioning, but exceptions can be made for advanced students that are new to the ensemble. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 8:30 pm - 9 pm.