Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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General Information

 

Class Schedule

Rehearsals are held at the UH Music Department

Music Department
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

 

Ensemble Descriptions

 Ensemble                                      Age                                           Grade

Bambini                                                     5-6                                                           K-1

Stelline                                                       6-7                                                           1-2

Angeli                                                        7-8                                                           2-3

Coro                                                           8-10                                                         3-5

Cantilena                                                   11-13                                                        6-8

  Gioventu Musicale                                     14-18                                                        9-12

 

Other Ensembles

           Ragazzi (Boys Choir)                                      8-18                                                       4-12           

  Ho'okahi (Select Ensemble)                         11-18                                                      6-12  

 

 

Enrollment are held several Saturday mornings in the first month of each new semester. The Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus has two semesters. The fall semester runs from August through December. The spring semester runs from January through late May or early June. Enrollment are held by age and grade group. Every new prospective member is asked to sit through a complete rehearsal which is 2.5 hours in length (except for the Bambini, Stelline & Angeli ensembles, our 5 - 8 year age group). For the 5 - 8 aged child there is no audition, but simply an enrollment period. Bambini and Stelline rehearsals last 1.25 hours. Angeli's rehearsal last 1.50 hours.  The children share music with a member already enrolled in the organization.

 

During the rehearsal or directly after the rehearsal, the Ensemble Director takes the children out for a brief, very informal, one-on-one musical / vocal evaluation. We primarily check for vocal range, pitch matching ability and tone. This helps us to place the child within the ensemble best suited for his or her age group. As a general rule, most children are accepted into the organization unless there is a severe problem.

 

HYOC believes that everyone can learn to sing. As a music education organization we will teach your child how to sing, the principles of music theory, and proper singing practices through the environment of choral music. HYOC looks for a child that wants to sing and be a part of a choral organization. We will do the rest. Once a child is accepted into the organization the child does not need to re-audition. Students in the Cantilena ensemble become eligible to considered for the select ensemble after spending at least one year in the Coro or Cantilena ensemble. Children will continue to be members of the organization for as long as they choose to return and participate moving through the organization until they graduate from High School. A child's advancement in the organization is based solely on the discretion of the Music Directors.

 A $25.00 non-refunable registration fee is required with each application. Once the applicant is accepted, the deposit is applied to the membership dues.  This fee essentially allows you 2 weeks to "try us out".  If after 2 weeks your family decides to join then the fee will be applied to the tuition and you'll pay the balance.  If after 2 weeks your family decides NOT to enroll then there is no further financial obligation to the organization.  You may pay this fee either by using the payment link for credit card use or by check or cash on the enrollment days at the registration table. 

New members and their parent or guardians will be required to sign a "Membership Agreement Form" which outlines the responsibilities of the member and the member's parent or guardian. The form will be counter-signed and kept on file by the General Manager.

Membership dues cover: newsletters, bulletins and professional music education through weekly choral rehearsals, music theory, and development of vocal technique. Musical training will also include workshops and choral performances. Music and music folders are provided.

 

Membership Dues

 

  • Bambini, Stelline & Angeli: $455.00 annual / $227.50 per semester
  • Coro through Gioventu: $760.00 annual / $380.00 per semester
  • Kuhookahi: $900.00 annual / $450.00 per semester

 

  • Piano: $275.00 annual / $137.50 per semester
  • Class Voice: $275.00 annual / $137.50 per semester

 

Resignation

 

We expect each singer who has made a commitment to sing for the entire season to live up to that commitment. If, however, an extremely unusual circumstance occurs which would prohibit a singer from honoring that commitment, a personal conference between the Director and the parents will be required before submitting a letter of resignation. If a student resigns, the parent is still responsible for the entire tuition fees and other costs incurred by the student's participation with the organization.

 

Which Ensemble Enroll?

 

ALL ensembles that allow for enrollment except the Kuho'okahi ensemble (the select / touring ensemble) is a "by invitation only" ensemble.

 

Enrollment Process

Please arrive at the rehearsal location on the posted "enrollment" dates a half hour prior to the start of the ensemble which is age appropriate for your child. If you have any questions as to which ensemble they might be considered for please call our office. There are enrollment forms, enrollment fees and name-tags to be filled out prior to your child's participation in the days enrollment process.

 

Each of these ensembles (Bambini, Stelline, Coro, Cantilena & Gioventu) are considered "entry level ensembles" which means that they are designed to include participants with no previous musical or singing experience as beginners to the choral experience. These ensembles are designed for students moving through the organization who have previous experience and those of the similar age groups who have no previous experience or are new to the organization. 

A $25.00 non-refunable registration fee is required with each application. Once the applicant is accepted, the deposit is applied to the membership dues.  This fee essentially allows you 2 weeks to "try us out".  If after 2 weeks your family decides to join then the fee will be applied to the tuition and you'll pay the balance.  If after 2 weeks your family decides NOT to enroll then there is no further financial obligation to the organization.  You may pay this fee either by using the payment link for credit card use or by check or cash on the enrollment days at the registration table.

Every new prospective member is asked to sit through a complete rehearsal.  Our observation process for prospective students is active participation.  New students will share music or participate fully in a class on their first day on enrollment days.

Observation outside of enrollment days:  As a general policy rehearsals are open to observation, which means that we encourage adults, parents and anyone interested to come and observe the rehearsal process.  We ask that if you choose to observe the rehearsal that you do so by first acknowledging yourself to the general manager expressing your interest to observe the rehearsal. Please choose an unobtrusive place to be quietly seated. We ask that you respect the rehearsal process and refrain from talking and anything else which might be deemed distracting to the rehearsal process (cell phone and pagers must be silenced). Young children are asked to remain outside of the rehearsal room as they have difficulty maintaining a quiet and respectful attitude which may cause a distraction to the rehearsal. The only exception to this policy is for the Bambini, Stelline & Angeli Ensembles. Observation is allowed for the first month of the new semester after which point the rehearsals are closed. We have found that for the K - 2 age group parents and observers other than their directors are too much of a distraction to the children and adversely affect the rehearsal process. We ask that you respect our concern for a healthy rehearsal environment for our members but being considerate observers.