FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Crescendo is a 501c3 organization that offers choral music experiences and opportunities of excellence to all children in the greater Spokane region, helping each singer develop as a musician and as a person. Through rehearsals and performances, students develop in musical understanding and personal growth, leading to a greater sense of accomplishment and purpose. Read about our Vision and Values here.


Are you wondering...

1.  When and where do the choirs meet?



When and where do the choirs meet?

There are two choirs divided by grade. The Prep Choir is for 2nd through 5th graders and the Concert Choir is for 5th through 12th graders. The schedule for each choir is:

  

Rehearsals for 2020-2021: TBD

All rehearsals are Monday nights at Holy Names Music Center in the Recital Hall. Crescendo is scheduled to have rehearsals on most Monday holidays (all but Labor Day).

  

Rehearsal Times:

Prep Choir: 4:30-5:30

Concert Choir: 5:30-7:30

  

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How often and where do the choirs have performances?

The choirs are scheduled to finish each semester with a concert. The location a dates for 2020-2021 are to be determined. This year's spring concert will be at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. on May 8th at 7:00 pm.

  

In addition to Crescendo's end-of-semester concerts, there are usually a couple more performances scheduled in the community each semester. The 2020-2021 calendar will be updated on our website as soon as possible. It is standard practice that members will receive a least a month's notification in advance of any calendar updates.

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Who is the Choir Director?

Beginning in the fall of 2020, Crescendo's Artistic Director will be Stacia Cammarano.

Cammarano grew up singing in the Seattle Girls Choir which spurred her love of music education. It is the main inspiration behind her career as a choral conductor. Read more about Ms. Cammarano here.

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What kind of music do the choirs sing?

Through carefully selected repertoire, Crescendo Community Chorus studies music in many languages and styles from various cultures and periods in history. Singers have an opportunity to fully appreciate poetry, philosophy, human emotions, and patriotism expressed in the lyrics of the music they learn. Songs with religious texts offer singers the opportunity to learn about ideologies, both their own and those of others. At no time is religious music programmed to endorse a particular faith or ideology. All music is studied for music's sake.

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Can we just visit and try it out?

Absolutely! Come sing with us for the first few weeks of the semester before making a decision. While registration payments are preferred by the second rehearsal, new singers can wait to make their decision for a couple of weeks. The sooner your child visits after a semester has started, the easier it will be for them to join. Sept. 23rd is the last day to register for the fall semester.

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What is the cost to join the choir? Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?

The choir is an independent, non-profit organization that collects registration to pay for the director, accompanist, t-shirts, office supplies, etc.

  

Registration is $150 per singer per semester (fall & spring). 

Early bird discount-Register online by Aug. 1st: $20 (cannot be combined with sibling discount)

Sibling discount: $20

New referral discount: $20 off one semester

  

We are only able to accept cash or checks (written to Crescendo Community Chorus). Payments can be turned in at rehearsals or mailed to PO Box 9961, Spokane, WA 99209.

  

Crescendo has a limited amount of scholarship funds available each year to assist families with tuition. At this time, we are able to offer up to 50% of the registration fee. Please fill out and submit a Scholarship Application (printable version) by the first week of rehearsals if you are seeking assistance. Exceptions will be made only for those who enroll later in the year when the application will be due no later than the second rehearsal following enrollment. Applicants will be informed of the Scholarship Committee decision by the second week of rehearsals or two weeks following submission date.

  

There are NO other additional fees.

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Are there any other requirements?

We do ask that singers wear certain attire for our concerts. For Prep Choir, this includes a black knee length skirt, black tights, and black dress shoes for girls and black dress pants, black socks, and black dress shoes for boys. In Concert Choir, the girls wear black dress pants with black socks and dress shoes along with a cotton, long-sleeved, black crew neck shirt. The boys also wear all black but need a black button-down shirt with a black tie.

  

The choir supplies white polo shirts for the Prep Choir, red scarves for Concert Choir, and red choir t-shirts for all singers.

  

Occasionally, we have brief parent meetings that are scheduled during rehearsal times. These meetings are for discussing any upcoming events. Families are notified by email approximately one month in advance.

  

Your diligence in attendance to rehearsals and performances is the most important thing. Choir members depend on each other; it is a group effort. Most singers do not spend much time working on their music at home, so with just one day to rehearse, attendance is key!

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Does my child need to have any prior musical experience?

Nope! If they love singing, we'd love to have them in choir. Ms. Cammarano will teach them vocal techniques and music theory throughout the year as it applies to the music they are learning. New singers will need to arrange a time to meet with the director so that she can meet them and determine where to place them in the choir. This is not an audition.

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What if I have other kids with me? Can singers be dropped off?

Yes, singers can be dropped off. If you need to stay, there is space in the rehearsal room for parents to sit and quietly listen, read a book, check up on Facebook, etc.

  

For those of you with additional children, there is a conference room down the hall at Holy Names where families can sit quietly (with a parent). Please note, that because there are other classes being taught down the halls, younger siblings must be attended to while in the halls.

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How do I register my child?

To register your child for the choir, please complete the online registration.

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If you have any additional questions about the choir or the registration process, please send us an email.

info@crescendocommunitychorus.org.