For Grades 1 and up, the Training Department introduces intermediate music skills including sight reading, ear training, breath control, vowel formation, diction, music theory, and beginning stage presence. Girls Training 1 and Boys Training 1 do not have a voice assessment. All of the other training department choirs have a simple assessment to place entry level singers in the right choir for their voice maturity.
In the Training Department, there are four groups for girls and two for boys and each teaches the basics of singing and music theory at a pace appropriate to age and ability. Our teachers seek a balance between work and play in these groups, providing meaningful performance opportunities and learning challenges while keeping an emphasis on fun. A typical rehearsal begins with group warm-ups tied to the music being taught and whatever aspects of vocal pedagogy are currently being explored. Then, work on specific pieces is punctuated by interludes of instruction in music theory.
Each semester in the Training Department culminates with two performances. Some of the choirs also perform at community events such as Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, parades, and farmers’ markets.
Training Department singers are encouraged to attend Camp Joyful Voices, which is held for one week in early August each summer. We've made an art out of introducing youngsters to the joys of sleep-away music camp, and know just how to keep homesickness at bay - sing, make friends, and have fun!
All TD choirs sing in the Fall Training Department Recitals in early December, the Winter Concert in late January, the Spring Training Department Recitals in May, and the Spring Sing! at the end of May or beginning of June. There are one or two additional orchestral collaborations or workshop opportunities for individual groups throughout the season.