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Children's & Youth Choirs

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Music is an essential element in the spiritual formation of children. The choirs at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church provide spiritual formation and nurturing through integrated instruction of choral technique and worship leadership in the Christian tradition.

Participation in LOPC choirs is free and open to the community. We ask that you make a steadfast and reliable commitment to attend rehearsals throughout the program year. We let our lights shine by doing our best work to the glory of God, which requires a faithful presence in the rehearsal room each week.


Sunbeams
Choir for children ages 3 - 5 years in Pre-Kindergarten
An introduction to choir singing which teaches children to use their vocal instrument, experience rhythm and creatively express themselves in song. Sunbeams is designed for children who are ready to independently participate in group activities without the assistance of an adult. (Kindergarteners, Transitional Kindergarteners and Developmental Kindergarteners should enroll in Rainbows.) Sunbeams sings in Sunday morning worship and on Christmas Eve.

Where: CLC Room 107 (Sundays, 10:10 - 10:50 AM)
             
CLC Room 204 (Fridays, 8:45 - 9:15 AM)
When:  Sundays, Fall Session: Sept 21 - Dec 24, 2014
              Fridays, Fall Session: Sept 26  - Dec 24, 2014
              Sundays, Spring Session: Feb 1 - May 10, 2015
              Fridays, Spring Session: Feb 6 - May 8, 2015
Director: Christina Engelbrecht

 

Rainbows
Choir for Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten, and Developmental Kindergarten
Rainbows introduces children to what it means to be worship leaders while learning music to share with the congregation on Sunday mornings and Christmas Eve. Songs, activities, and games enable children to hone pitch, tone and rhythm while developing worship skills. In order to build the team dynamic necessary for successful choral singing, choristers are expected to make a reliable commitment to attend weekly rehearsals. (Seedlings students attending the Friday DK program, you are welcome to enroll in Friday Sunbeams and/or Rainbows.)

Where: CLC Room 108 (Sundays, 10:10 - 10:50 AM)
When: Sundays, Fall Session: Sept 21 - Dec. 24, 2014
            Sundays, Spring Session: Feb 1 - May 10, 2015
Director: Denise Deneaux

 

LightShine
Choir for 1st - 2nd Grade
A beginning-level choir for teaching the fundamentals of making music as a team and worship leadership skills. Children learn classic choral singing techniques while preparing anthems to sing in Sunday morning worship and on Christmas Eve. Emphasis is on pitch, rhythm, voice placement, choral vowels and interpreting text to effectively communicate through song. Singers must make a reliable commitment to weekly rehearsals throughout the program.

Where: CLC Room 109 (Sundays, 10:10 - 10:50 AM)
When: Sundays, Fall Session: Sept 21 - Dec. 24, 2014
            Sundays, Spring Session: Feb 1 - May 10, 2015
Director:  Tony Domenick



Psalmsters
Choir for 3rd - 5th Grade
An intermediate-level choir which teaches vocal technique and the foundations of part singing. Choristers practice proper use of their vocal instruments while preparing anthems to sing in Sunday morning worship and on Christmas Eve. Singers must make a reliable commitment to weekly rehearsals throughout the program.

Where: CLC Room 205A (Sundays, 10:10 - 10:50 AM)
When: Sundays, Fall Session: Sept 21 - Dec 24, 2014
            Sundays, Spring Session: Feb 1 - May 10, 2015
Director: Jessica Whitlatch

 

Cantemus
Choir for 5th - 8th Grade
A music ensemble for vocalists interested in exploring a blend of classical choral literature and contemporary works while taking on significant leadership roles in worship services. Composer-in-Residence Greg Murai often writes original arrangements and compositions for this group. Singers learn microphone technique, how to work with a band and orchestra, and periodically perform with the adult choirs. Cantemus fosters a creative and supportive rehearsal environment encouraging young worship leaders to use their gifts to their full potential. Cantemus meets prior to the 5th-8th grade Fuse/YOW dinner and fellowship.

Where: CLC Room 205A (Wednesdays, 5:00 - 5:30 PM)
When: Sundays, Fall Session: Sept 24 - Dec 14, 2014
            Sundays, Spring Session: Feb 4 - May 10, 2015
Director: Jessica Whitlatch

 

All age and grade specifications are guidelines only. Please contact Christina Engelbrecht,  Music Program Coordinator for Children and Youth, to discuss developmental placement based on maturity and music experience.

Children’s Choirs Recruiting Volunteers
 
We have several volunteer opportunities to help juggle the needs of this continually growing program. Jobs big and small range from helping to set up the classrooms for music each week, managing choir robe assignments, greeting children as they arrive for rehearsal, being an extra set of hands for the directors during rehearsal, answering parent questions, providing snacks, and other needs that arise throughout the year. Opportunities are available on Friday mornings, Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. You do not need to be particularly musical to help the children make their own music.

The Importance of Rehearsal
 
“Any act can be a prayer, if done as well as we are able.”-George R.R. Martin

The Choirs for Children and Youth at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church strive to nurture confident worship leaders through music education and spiritual formation. During weekly rehearsals, choristers are not only learning to use their vocal instruments and preparing pieces for worship. They are learning teamwork to create a meaningful musical experience for themselves and the congregation.

Just like every player on a sports team is crucial for the strength of the entire team, every member of a choir is vital to the success of the group as a whole. The children learn to trust in, and rely upon, one another to make music. The power of the choral experiences comes from the sum of each unique voice being lifted together in song. This goes beyond simply learning the music at home. It is the magic of the music-making process that can only happen in rehearsal together.

When a child is absent from rehearsal, it resonates throughout the choir team. Although some absences are unavoidable, children who frequently miss rehearsal affect not only their own choir experience, but the potential of the team. Directors have the discretion to decide the best manner in which a child who is frequently absent can support the choir. A child may be asked to sit out a performance if they have missed a substantial number of rehearsals on a particular piece of music. In this case, the best support that child can give the choir team is to sit in the congregation with an encouraging smile and enthusiastically rejoin the group at the next rehearsal.


2014-2015 Schedule

Practice Materials are found on Planning Center Online. For a login, contact Christina Engelbrecht.

Friday Sunbeams (Ages 3-5)
Performance Dates
Nov 16, 9 a.m.
Dec 24, 3:30 p.m. Christmas Eve
Feb 8, 9 a.m.
March 29, 11 a.m. Palm Sunday
May 10, 11 a.m.

Rehearsals - 8:45 a.m. in CLC 204

Sept 26
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Nov 7, 14, 21
Dec 5, 12, 19
Feb 6, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8

Sunday Sunbeams (Ages 3-5)
Performance Dates
Nov 16, 9 a.m.
Dec 24, 3:30 p.m. Christmas Eve
Feb 8, 9 a.m.
March 29, 11 a.m. Palm Sunday
May 10, 11 a.m.


Rehearsals 10:10 a.m. in CLC 107
Sept 21, 28
Oct 12, 19, 26
Nov 2, 9, 16
Dec 7, 14, 21
Feb 1, 8, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10

Rainbows (Kindergarten/TK/DK)
Performance Dates
Nov 16, 11:00 am
Feb 8, 11 a.m.
Dec 24, 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve
March 29, 9 a.m. Palm Sunday
May 10, 9 a.m.

Rehearsals 10:10 a.m. in CLC 108
Sept. 21, 28
Oct 12, 19, 26
Nov 2, 9, 16
Dec 7, 14, 21
Feb 1, 8, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10

LightShine (1st - 2nd Grade)
Performance Dates
Nov 2, 9:00 am
Dec 24, 3:30 p.m. Christmas Eve
March 29, 11 a.m. Palm Sunday
May 10, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.


Rehearsals 10:10 a.m. in CLC 109

Sept. 21, 28
Oct 12, 19, 26
Nov 2, 9, 16
Dec 7, 14, 21
Feb 1, 8, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10


Psalmsters (3rd-5th Grade)
Performance Dates
Nov 2, 11:00 am
Dec 24, 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve
March 29, 9 a.m. Palm Sunday
May 10, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Rehearsals 10:10 a.m. in CLC 205A

Sept 21, 28
Oct 12, 19, 26
Nov 2, 9, 16
Dec 7, 14, 21
Feb 1, 8, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10


Cantemus (5th-8th Grade)
Performance Dates
Oct 19, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Dec 14, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Mar 1, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
March 29, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Palm Sunday
May 10, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Rehearsals 5 p.m. in CLC 205A

Sept 24
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov 5, 12, 19
Dec 14
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 15, 22, 29
May 6