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.


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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:

  

Crescendo will have a family orientation on the evening of August 26th at Holy Names Music Center.

  

Rehearsals for 2019-2020:

Fall Semester: Sept. 9-Dec. 2

Spring Semester: Jan. 13-Apr. 27

  

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

  

We also have a choir retreat for both choirs individually at the beginning of both semesters where the kids work on their music together on a Saturday and play activities to get to know each other. These retreats have not been scheduled for the 2019-2020 year, but Prep Choir's will be from 9-3 pm and Concert Choir's from 9-5 pm.

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How often and where do the choirs have performances?

The choirs have their final concert in the fall and spring at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. This year’s spring concert will be on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm.

  

For 2019-2020:

Winter Concert: Dec. 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Spring Concert: May 1, 2020 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 2019-2020 calendar will be available to new members at the end of August and is occasionally added to during the semester. It is standard practice that members will receive a least a month's notification in advance of each calendar update.

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Who is the Choir Director?

We are grateful to have Sharon Smith as our Choir Director. She has been a teacher of vocal music at all grade levels for over 40 years in both the Tacoma Public Schools and the Omaha Public Schools. She led OPS Mini Singers, a district children’s choir for 16 years and was the founding director of Cantori with the Nebraska Children’s Choruses. Read more about Mrs. Smith here.

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What kind of music do the choirs sing?

Through carefully selected repertoire, Crescendo Community Chorus performs music in many languages and learns styles of music from many 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 until the choir retreat has taken place. ** It is very important for singers who intend to join to attend the choir retreat. After the reteat, new singers must wait to register until the following 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). 

Siblings discount: $130

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 only 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. Mrs. Smith will teach them vocal techniques and music theory throughout the year as it applies to the music they are learning.

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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, we have a room in the basement where you can hang out. Please note, that because other there are other classes being taught down the halls, younger siblings must be attended to while in the halls. The basement room is the best place for them to be while waiting.

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How do I register my child?

To register your child for the choir, please complete the online registration. All new singers need to call and make arrangements with the choir director so that she can meet and determine where singers should be placed within the choir. Please call Mrs. Sharon Smith at (509) 714-0555 if you have registered a new singer.

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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.