Open to children in grades 1–8 from all communities on the North Shore.
2016–17 season enrollment is currently open—register online today!
We nurture student musicianship, build confidence, and encourage artistic expression through developmentally appropriate vocal instruction. The Children's Choir provides an ensemble experience that allows students to develop musically as individuals while contributing to the joy and artistry of singing together with their peers.
We believe that students of varying ages can learn from each other by leading and working together to create something beyond the individual.
2016–17 season enrollment is still open for students who wish to begin in January 2017—complete our online registration form today!
This registration form is for all new and returning Choir members who wish to sing beginning in January 2017 (spring semester). No financial commitment is required at the time of registration—submission of the form simply saves a space for your child in the program.
While auditions are not held, enrollment appointments are required of each new student, and returning students entering the third grade, in order to help with choir placement.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a 5-minute appointment.
Next Enrollment Appointment Dates:
Appointments are available throughout January. Please email to schedule a date and time.
Monday, January 9, 2017, 4:30 p.m.—FIRST REHEARSAL OF THE NEW CALENDAR YEAR
Please submit the online registration form and you will be contacted by email to schedule an enrollment appointment. No payment is due at the time of registration online—families will be asked to pay tuition only when they are fully committed to participation for each semester.
Questions? Please email us at email@example.com
P 978 867 4429
Rehearsals take place on Monday afternoons from 4:30–5:30 p.m. (Lyric Choir: first through third grade) and 4:30–6 p.m. (Concert Choir: third grade through eighth grade) in Phillips Music Center at Gordon College. There are two performances during the fall semester (including the Gordon College Christmas Gala Concerts) and one performance during the spring semester. Please see our detailed 2016–17 Calendar available for download.
Fall Semester Commitment: September 12, 2016–December 5, 2016
Spring Semester Commitment: January 3, 2017–April 9, 2017
The Choir follows public school vacation and holiday closings, with no rehearsals on those dates.
LYRIC AND CONCERT CHOIRS
In order to receive the most developmentally appropriate vocal instruction, the Children's Choir is split into two ensembles: Lyric Choir (students receive more individual instruction, more attention given to basic vocal technique, developing vocal foundations, matching pitch, rehearsal etiquette) and Concert Choir (building on foundations learned in Lyric Choir, students begin exploring ensemble repertoire that includes some 2 part harmony)
Tuition for 2016–2017: $198 per semester ($138 per semester for siblings)
Payment is due by check payable to Gordon College only when the student is fully committed to participating for the semester.
Fall Semester Tuition: due September 30, 2016
Spring Semester Tuition: due January 30, 2017
Reduced rates are available for members of the Gordon community, including faculty and staff, and full-time students at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.867.4429.
ABOUT THE ARTISTIC STAFF
Sandra Doneski, Artistic Director, has been a teacher of music to students in Kindergarten through graduate school. She is Dean of Faculty, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Music Education at Gordon College. She teaches courses in music education methods, learning theory, assessment, and curriculum development; supervises student teachers; and conducts the Gordon College Children’s Choir. She founded the Children’s Choir in 2000 to give children in the community an opportunity to grow as musicians, and music education majors an opportunity to develop as teachers and conductors. Dr. Doneski has also served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she was Associate Conductor of the Children’s Choir Program. Under her guidance, NEC implemented choral programs for early elementary and middle school students that focused on vocal pedagogy and building musicianship. She has served as a conductor for MENC (NAfME) and ACDA sponsored events throughout the Northeast, and is co-founder of Embracing the New Music Educator – a mentoring program for new music educators in Massachusetts. She currently serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Common Music Initiative Project.
In 2009, Dr. Doneski was the recipient of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Lowell Mason Award and the Society for General Music in Massachusetts Excellence in General Music Award. In 2012, she was awarded the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award and in 2013 she received the Administrators in Music Education Visionary Leadership Award.
Dr. Doneski has published articles and conducted workshops on choral literature and techniques, curriculum development, assessment and mentoring. She recently co-authored a chapter in the MENC Handbook: Research on Teaching and Learning in Music Education titled "Research on Elementary and Secondary School Singing."
She is a graduate of Gordon College and received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
Sara Carson, Associate Conductor, teaches chorus and general music at the elementary and secondary levels in Waltham, MA, and is also music director of the annual McDevitt Middle School musical. She received her B.M. in Music Education and M.M.Ed. in Music Education from Gordon College.
Mrs. Carson has studied conducting with Dr. Ken Phillips and Dr. Michele Holt. During the 2010-2011 school year, she worked as a teaching fellow for the Boston Children's Chorus. She is presently Associate Conductor of the Community Children's Choir at Gordon College. In 2010 she received the Promising Young Music Educators Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.
Mrs. Carson has served as a clinician at MMEA, NAfME Eastern Division, Feierabend Association for Music Education Conferences, and Gordon College's Graduate Program for Music Educators. She is a member of MMEA's All-State Treble Choir Committee, the Embracing the New Music Educator Initiative, and the Common Music Assessment Task Force. Under Mrs. Carson's direction, the McDevitt Middle School Choir was selected to appear at the MMEA All-State Conference in Boston in 2015, and at the ACDA Eastern Division Conference in February 2016.
Kate Hayashi, Assistant Conductor, teaches music to students in kindergarten through grade 6 in Belmont, MA. In addition to music classes during the school day, she conducts the All Town Chorus in Belmont for grades 3 to 5 and is the Assistant Conductor of the Community Children's Choir at Gordon College.
Mrs. Hayashi received her undergraduate degree in music and K–12 initial license in music education from Gordon College. She will begin her studies for a Master of Music Education degree at Gordon College this summer. During the 2015-16 season, she served as an adjudicator for the MMEA All-State Treble Chorus. She is currently a member of MMEA, ACDA, FAME, ETNME.