About the Oregon Repertory Singers youth choir music education program:
January through May term begins January 15, 2013! Call ORS for enrollment information, (503) 230-0652.
We hold rehearsals at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the Lloyd Center neighborhood.
Oregon Repertory Singers offers a performance and education based youth choir music education program.
We know that children who sing in choirs do better in school, make friends and build skills that benefit them
throughout their lives.
The program was established in 1994 to provide music education and choral performance opportunities
for children the the greater Portland and SW Washington areas. ORS believes that children should be
able to, "Sing what they See and Write what they Hear." We are the only education and
performance based youth program in the region.
The choirs (Primo, Poco, Brioso, Vivo, Lyric Singers and new Eroico) are age appropriate for students five
to 18 years old. The talented young singers present two concert weekends each Season and also present
Increasing the music skills of young performers promotes music as a continuing thread in their lives.
With an emphasis on personal excellence and professional conduct, the young singers learn valuable life
skills in addition to receiving important music education.
Our Youth Choirs Choirs
Singers are in Kindergarten and come to class for 45 minutes once a week (Tuesdays.)
Class begins with a 20-25 minute music class where they have fun participating in singing
games and movement activities designed to strengthen their ability to match pitch and
keep a steady beat. In the spring they also begin learning skills that will lead to music literacy.
The last 20-25 minutes the children are taught how to be a choir, learning proper posture and
beginning exercises to strengthen breathing and singing in tune. A variety of appropriate
literature from different styles is sung. Primo sings with the other choirs in two December
concerts and two May concerts. Tuition January through May 2013: $250. Primo rehearses
from 4:30 to 5:15.
Singers are in grades 1-3 and come to class for one hour each week (Tuesdays.)
They participate in a half hour musicianship class, based on the teachings of Zoltan Kodaly.
They work on music literacy skills through a variety of singing games, and movement and listening activities.
Then they participate in a half hour choir rehearsal, where they learn appropriate choir posture,
breathing and vocalizing, along with singing age-appropriate choral literature of the highest quality.
Unison and canonic 2 part singing is the focus of this choir. This music is written in many different
styles by a variety of composers. Poco Choir performs in our annual December and May concerts.
Tuition January through May 2013: $350. Depending on grade level, Poco students attend
rehearsal and musicianship classes between 4:15 and 5:45.
Singers are in grades 4-6 and come to class for 1 hour and 30 minutes (Tuesdays.)
They participate in a half hour musicianship class, where they work on music literacy skills,
based on the teachings of Zoltan Kodaly.
Then they sing in an hour and fifteen minute choir rehearsal, learning appropriate
breathing and vocal techniques through singing high quality literature. The literature is
written by many different composers. They sing in different styles and experience
the fun of singing in different languages. Unison and 2 part harmonic singing
is the focus of this choir.
The Brioso Choir sings in our annual December and May concerts as well as our annual
fundraiser in February. They also take a day in the spring to perform at elementary
schools in the area. Every year or two Brioso travels to sing at a children's choir festival.
Tuition January through May 2013: $375. Depending on gradel level, Brioso students attend
rehearsal and musicianship classes between 5:00 and 7:00.
Singers are in grades 7-12 and come to class for 2 hours every week (Tuesdays.)
They participate in a half hour musicianship class, where they work on musicianship skills,
based on the teachings of Zoltan Kodaly. Choir rehearsal is an hour and a half, where
they learn advanced breathing and vocal techniques. The highest quality literature is sung,
singing in many styles written by many different composers. Advanced unison, 2, 3 and 4
part treble music is the focus of this choir. They will also sing in many different languages
during the course of the year.
Vivo Choir performs at the annual December and May concerts as well as at our February fundraiser.
Every year this choir has the opportunity to sing at the adult ORS concerts as well,
giving them the chance to sing at a high level for a public audience. This choir has the
opportunity to travel and sing at festivals in other locales. In the summer of 2006 Vivo
traveled to York, England to participate in a wonderful festival there. It was a two week trip
that we will never forget! In 2007 we traveled to New Orleans for a six day festival
sponsored by the New Orleans Children's Choir. In May 2012 the choristers toured NYC and
performed at Carnegie Hall. Tuition January through May 2013: $475. Depending on grade,
Vivo students attend rehearsal and musicianship classes between 5:30 and 8:30.
This group consists of 9-12th grade girls who want to sing in a smaller ensemble.
They meet for 45 minutes directly after Vivo rehearsal, once a week.
They have the opportunity for extra performances when a smaller group is requested,
as well as the other youth concerts.
Members of this ensemble must also sing in Vivo Choir. Enrollment is by invitation only. There is no additional tuition cost. Lyric Singers rehearse between 8:00 and 8:45.
EROICO young men's chorus
Our newest choir is designed especially for changing voices, grades 7 through 12. It will be conducted by Kevin Lambert. To audition for Eroico, please contact Kevin at ORSLambert@gmail.com