The Artistic Programs of the Chorus
FOR BOTH CHILD & ADULT SINGERS
The Chorus of Westerly serves its community by offering unique musical education and performance experience. The current offerings of the Chorus of Westerly include an ever-expanding array of programs for both young people and adults of all ages. The programs of the Chorus are thus intergenerational.
The Programs include:
THE SINGING MEMBERSHIP
Children (as young as 8) and adults of any age may sing as full members of the Chorus of Westerly. Each singer will get a chance to rehearse, prepare, and eventually perform in a serious, high quality, and artistically demanding environment should they become members of the Chorus itself. A singing member will get a chance to perform with the Chorus locally, regionally, and internationally the major Choral works of the last 500 years with full symphonic orchestras and professional soloists. All singing members will also have access to music education programs to strengthen their musical fundamentals and skills and voice work.
The singers are mostly all of equal rank in the organization, but for rehearsal and preparation purposes are grouped into several levels:
Level 1 – Training Chorister (Youth)
Level 2 – Junior Chorister (Youth)
Level 3A – Full Chorister (Youth)
Level 3B – Adults
The full chorister young singers and adults are considered the same level in terms of their musicianship, rehearsal demands, music education program, and performance expectations.
The Chorus of Westerly has recently developed a pre-chorister program called Music and Movement for children as young as 3 years old. This program is designed to introduce children to music and a much more basic level.
Details of the Music and Movement Program is available here.