Open to children in grades 1–8 from all communities on the North Shore
Fall 2015 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.
Fall 2015 enrollment is still open—complete our online registration form today!
This registration form is for all new and returning Choir members who wish to sing beginning in September 2015 (Fall Semester)
While auditions are not held, enrollment interview appointments are required of each new student, and returning students entering the third grade.
(appointment only takes 5 minutes, choose any 5 minutes within the timeframes below):
Next Enrollment Interview Dates:
If you have not yet already attended an enrollment appointment, please read below:
New students can have a very brief five minute individual introduction with the choir directors on the Monday of the first rehearsal, Sept 14 at 4 p.m., before the first rehearsal begins at 4:30 p.m. that same afternoon.
Monday, Sept 14, 4:30 p.m.—FIRST REHEARSAL OF THE 2015–2016 SEASON
We are still very happy to welcome new members to the choir! Please register online and plan on arriving for the first rehearsal on Monday, September 14 by 4 p.m. in order to have some individual time with the choir instructors before rehearsal begins at 4:30 p.m.
If your child has already attended an enrollment appointment, there is no need to arrive before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 14.
Be sure to have completed the online registration form before scheduling an enrollment interview time. 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 during the semester.
Questions? Please email us at childrenschoirgordon.edu
P 978 867 4429
Rehearsals take place on Monday afternoons from 4:30–5:30 pm (Lyric Choir - first through third grade) and 4:30–6 p.m. (Concert Choir - third grade through eighth grade) in Phillips Music Center Recital Hall. There are two performances during the fall semester (including the Gordon College Christmas Gala Concerts) and one performance during the spring semester.
LYRIC AND CONCERT CHOIRS
In order to receive the most developmentally appropriate vocal instruction, the 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 2015–2016: $395 ($275 for siblings)
Reduced rates are available for members of the Gordon community including faculty and staff, and full time students at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Please contact us at childrenschoirgordon.edu or 978.867.4429.
ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Sandra Doneski has been a teacher of music to students in Kindergarten through graduate school. She is Associate Professor of Music at Gordon College and Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Music Education. She teaches courses in music education methods, learning theory, assessment, 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. Sandra 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.