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Vision and Philosophy of
Cary Children’s Choir, Cary Children’s Concert Choir and Cary Youth Chorale

If there is one thing that defines Cary and its community, it is children and families with children. The creation of a children’s chorus to perform alone and occasionally with the adult chorus has several benefits:

* It involves a greater share of the community
* It allows parents in the chorus to encourage similar musical enrichment in their children’s schedules
* It allows us to educate young people and their parents in the value of arts programs
* It allows us to expose children to new sounds and new literature

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Since its first years, Concert Singers of Cary has planned to establish auxiliary choirs to serve various populations in the community. This was re-affirmed by the Board of Directors at a 1997 retreat and in early 2000 with the adoption of a five-year strategic plan. Under the leadership of former Assistant Conductor Stephen J. Mulder, planning began in earnest in late 1999 for a program serving children in grades 3 through 6 and began in September 2000. The choir was named Cary Children’s Concert Choir (C4). In the Fall of 2009 the program was expanded to include a new choir for older singers in grades 6 through 12, called the Cary Youth Chorale (CYC). Cary Children’s Choir (C3), a training choir for children in grades 2 and 3, was added in Fall 2013.
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In contrast to many community groups that are auditioned and highly selective, it is the goal of this organization to be as inclusive as possible. Auditions will be required for acceptance (with a parent present during the audition) and children are only excluded from participation under the most extreme circumstances. Our mission is to provide young participants with all of the skills and experiences that are conducive to life-long music-making.

Who Can Join?

The choirs are open to singers in grades 2 though 12 (typically ages 7 and older). C3 is open to children in grades 2 and 3. C4 includes children in grades 4 through 6, as well as male treble singers in grades 7 and older. CYC is a all-female choir for grades 6 through 12. Sixth-grade girls are encouraged to sing in both C4 and CYC. No prior singing experience is necessary. Auditions are required for acceptance (with a parent present during the audition), but children will be excluded from participation only under the most extreme circumstances. There are no restrictions on residence.

How to Enroll in the Choirs

At present, we are accepting statements of interest and requests for application for Spring 2016. To do this please contact Roberta Thomason at (919) 319-6534 or C4Director@concertsingers.org. We will return an acknowledgment within a few days along with pertinent information.

Tuition

C3, C4 and CYC charge semester dues or “tuition” to pay for expenses incurred, currently $175 per semester for membership in one choir. Tuition for sixth-graders who sing in both C4 & CYC is $260 per semester. The program purchases all music and folders, which belong to the groups. The members are responsible for providing the necessary uniform to be used in performance. Scholarship assistance is available on a needs basis.

Rehearsals

  • When: Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 PM
    • C3: 5:00-6:00 PM
    • C4: 5:30-6:30 PM
    • CYC: 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Where: Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary.
Concert Attire
  • C3 girls – black skirt.  black tights.  black low-heeled shoes.  white short-sleeve Peter-Pan-collared blouse.  minimal jewelry and hair accessories.
  • C3 boys – black pants.  black socks.  black shoes.  white short-sleeve button-down shirt.
  • C4 girls not in CYC – black skirt.  black tights.  black low-heeled shoes.  white short-sleeve Peter-Pan-collared blouse.  minimal jewelry and hair accessories.
  • C4 boys grades 4-5 – black pants.  black socks.  black shoes.  white short-sleeve button-down shirt.
  • C4 men grades 6-up – black pants. black socks.  black shoes.  white tuxedo shirt.
  • C4/CYC ladies – black dress.  black hose.  black low-heeled shoes.  minimal jewelry and hair accessories.

The 2016 Fall Semester:

  • August 20 — Summer Choral Experience, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
  • August 23 — Auditions for new singers, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • August 30 — Bring a Friend to Rehearsal, 5:30-7:00 PM
  • September 6 — First rehearsals (regular rehearsal times); mandatory parent meeting, 5:30 PM
  • September 17 — “Fall Fling” rehearsal 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • November 5 — “This is IT” rehearsal 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • November 29 — Jordan Oaks Retirement Living Concert, 7:00 PM
  • December 2 — C3/C4: Pre-show music, Cary Arts Center, 6:30 PM
  • December 3 — CYC: Pre-show music, NC Symphony, 7:00 PM
  • December 6 — Dress rehearsal, 5:00 PM
  • December 9 — Fall Concert, Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, 7:00 PM
  • December 11 — Fall Concert, Page-Walker Arts and History Center
  • December 13 – Auditions for new singers, 5:00-6:00 PM
  • December 13 – Last fall rehearsal / party, 6:15 PM

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