Classes Up Close: Music Dept. Offerings #awipyearfive

Continuing our series where we shine a spotlight on classes that still have space available, this post focuses on a few chorus offerings from our fantastic music department! This post will focus specifically on High Notes (our Children’s Choir) and Vocal Technique, both being led by Laura Jenkins. High Notes, Jr, which is being led this year by Audrey Wilson, is currently full and waitlisted.

 

Students have thrived under the direction of Laura Jenkins, who heads up our music department and musically directs our mainstage productions. Some who considered themselves non-singers are now capable of singing solos confidently in front of large audiences. Younger students have begun to master harmony while singing as a group, listening for their note and keeping pitch. No matter what their experience level, students in our Music Department will be encouraged and inspired.


Laura Jenkins

Laura Jenkins holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music, Voice Performance, from the University of Massachusetts.  A classically trained soprano, Laura has appeared in a variety of venues and genres throughout Western Massachusetts and the Providence, RI area, including recital, oratorio, operetta and musical theatre/cabaret settings.  She has been a featured soloist with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Keene Chorale, Arcadia Players and Quinnebaug Singers.  She has also been a regular performer for the Tuesday Morning Music Club and Wistariahurst Museum Recital Series in Springfield, MA.  Laura has also taught voice as an instructor at the Springfield Community Music School for ten years, as well as running a private studio out of her home for over twenty years.  As a director, Laura was music director at West Springfield Covenant Community church for many years, coordinating and leading music worship as well as conducting both adult and children’s choirs.  Here in Providence she has appeared with the Providence Singers both as a chorister and soloist, and serves on the music team at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  Laura has four children, aged 5 to 19.  She also enjoys knitting, biking and reading in her free time.

 

Vocal Technique for ages 13-18

This class will introduce the fundamentals of good vocal production in an encouraging and safe group environment.  Focus will be on learning and establishing the foundations of healthy singing and vocal care.  Students will learn the basics of posture, breathing, vocalizing, diction, vowel formation and how to apply their techniques to repertoire.  Group as well as solo singing opportunities will be available in this class. 

  • MANDATORY OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, January 4 @12:00
  • Thursdays, Jan 11- Apr 5 (12 weeks)* @2:15-3:15

 

High Notes Children’s Choir for ages 9-14

High Notes Children’s Choir (some of them)

This intermediate level choir will give students the opportunity to grow and develop more advanced musical and vocal skills in a true choral setting.  No music reading skills are required for this class.  Students will enjoy learning to sing more challenging, yet age appropriate music, including learning to harmonize.  Students will perform onstage with the Spring Junior Production, as well as host an in-class performance for friends and family. Please note that the Junior Production will be much shorter this year.

  • MANDATORY OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, January 4 @12:00
  • REGULAR CLASSTIMES: Thursdays, Jan 11- April 5 (12 weeks)  @3:15-4:15 **†

 

For more information on these classes (location, cost, etc), and to register, click here!

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