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:

  

Mondays, Jan. 7-Apr. 29

Holy Names Music Center

  

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 the semester where the kids work on their music together on a Saturday and play activities to get to know each other. Prep Choir's is scheduled for Jan. 12th from 9-3 pm and Concert Choir's is Jan. 26th from 9-5 pm. Both retreats will take place at Bethany Presbyterian Church.

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How often and where do the choirs have performances?

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

  

In addition, we have some performances at outside venues (TBD) that are scheduled throughout the year, including a spring choir festival at Shadle Park High School on Saturday, March 9th.

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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 entire month of January before making a decision. Registration payments are not due until the first rehearsal in February. **Note** It is very important for singers who intend to join to attend the choir retreat. Singers who miss will not be as familiar with their music and may struggle. See dates above.

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What is the cost to join the choir?

The choir is an independent, non-profit organization that collects registration to pay for the director, accompanist, t-shirts, office supplies, etc. The annual registration is just $275 per student, payable at the start of the school year. Singers who register for one semester pay $150. **$75 promo going on now!!!*** While we ask that registration information be completed right away, the registration fee is not due until the first rehearsal in February--Feb. 4th. We accept cash or checks (written to Crescendo Community Chorus).

  

There are NO additional fees and we do not make families participate in fundraisers. We are currently running a Go Fund Me campaign to assist with the costs of our current promo. Visit our Facebook page for the post, and share with anyone who may be interested in supporting Crescendo. www.facebook.com/CrescendoCommunityChorus

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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 a brief parent meeting that is 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.

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How do I register my child?

To register your child for the choir, please complete the online registration. There are a few additional forms that need to be filled out and turned in at rehearsal. They can be printed from here or picked up at rehearsal. All new singers need to call and make arrangements with the choir director (preferably before rehearsals begin) 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. The registration fee is not due until February 4th.

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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.