The Schola Cantorum (Children's Choir) -- FAQs


Who may join?
How much does it cost to join?
Must a child be a Catholic to participate?
What is the time commitment involved?
Will the boys and girls sing together?
How often will the choirs sing?
Where will the choirs sing?
What are the advantages to participating in such a program?
How can a child become a member?
What are the qualities that a child must have to be a part of the group?
How do I arrange for my child to audition, or who do I contact if I have further questions?

Who may join?
Boys, ages 7-11
Girls, ages 7-12

How much does it cost to join?
Nothing! Children receive FREE musical training of the highest level.  Young singers will be taught to become skilled musicians, and a friendly, but professional style will be used during rehearsals and performances.

Must a child be a Catholic to participate?
Children of ALL faiths are welcome at Our Lady of Grace.

What is the time commitment involved?
Each choir will rehearse twice per week.  Rehearsals will last for the duration of 90 minutes, and will take place on weekday afternoons at the church.  The exact schedule has yet to be determined.  The full program will run on essentially the "school year calendar", with a greatly reduced and much flexible schedule during the summer.

Will the boys and girls sing together?
While the choirs will combine for certain events, boys and girls will sing in separate choirs that will be independent but entirely equal.

How often will the choirs sing?
Initially, rehearsing and basic training will be the priority of focus.  After some level of skill is achieved, the choirs will sing approximately one time per month.

Where will the choirs sing?
The first performances will take place at Our Lady of Grace.  Performances will be given there on a regular basis (approximately once per month).  As the level of skill increases as well as the reputation of the choirs, it is hoped that invitations to sing at other locations will be received.

What are the advantages to participating in such a program?
The musical advantage is huge.  Children will receive free musical training of the highest order.  In addition, children learn the value of hard work and a healthy pursuit of excellence.  They learn about respect for self and for others and learn how to function as part of a team.  Participation in such a program on this scale is a strong point on any college application.  In short, participation in such a program is a preparation for success later in life!

How can a child become a member?
All children must pass a simple audition to become part of the group.  NO PREVIOUS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!  The audition is a simple, friendly "try out", just to help determine the child's basic vocal quality and musical "ear".  The audition is NOT SOMETHING TO BE FEARED!  Children will enjoy the process!  A bright personality and the willingness to learn are the most important qualities.  A GOOD ATTITUDE is what we seek in our choristers!

What are the qualities that a child must have to be a part of the group?
Children must have the ability to read at grade level, and the ability to participate in a serious group activity.  We do not expect them to be "robots" or "adults" when they join, but they MUST conduct themselves in a respectful and friendly manner.

How do I arrange for my child to audition, or who do I contact if I have further questions?
To arrange for an audition, or to receive more information, please contact David Lamb, Director of Music, by email (davidelamb@comcast.net), or by calling the church and leaving a message for him by name (201-659-0369).  A complete audition lasts approximately 10 minutes.

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