Chapel Hill Girls Chorus is a supportive community of girls that love to sing together. We rehearse each week with the intention of practicing and preparing music to the very best of our ability. Singers are expected to do their best making music, and to encourage each other.
We sing a wide variety of music in the classical traditions and in world folk traditions. We do not learn music from Disney or Broadway or other modern popular forms, primarily because there are so many opportunities to learn that music in our culture. Singing classical music can take us back to other times (but did you know that what we know today as ”classical” music from hundreds of years ago was actually the popular music of that time?) and can tell us a lot about past cultures, aesthetics and ideals. And studying world folk music takes us into other lands and cultures and gives us ideas about how people from other parts of the world think. These studies open our minds, bring us new understanding, and broaden our own ideas of beauty and capacity to communicate creatively.
Because we want to become better music readers and to learn music faster, we study sol-fege. We play games with it and work as a team to apply it to our music learning.
Because we sing in many languages and want to learn how to break down the sounds of the words so that we all are singing them the same ways, we study the International Phonetic Alphabet, a code that tells us what the sounds are in a word.
Sol-fege and the International Phonetic Alphabet are tools used commonly in colleges and universities as well as by professional musicians.
We sing primarily in a bel canto style (Italian for beautiful singing), a style that builds flexibility and a broad vocal range and that can influence andsupport any other style of singing.
Auditions will take place at Binkley Baptist Church in the choir room on September 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, and 19.
Please click to fill out the 2013 Audition Request form for a time after consulting with the person who will transport you there.
Each audition will last approximately ten minutes. Leandra will meet you, talk with you for a few minutes, and then will ask you to sing a couple of songs both with her and alone. Most people (kids and adults) get nervous for auditions. If you are nervous, take a deep breath, and do your best.
Singers are expected to make a full-year commitment to CHGC, including attendance at all rehearsals and performances. If there is an emergency that makes missing a rehearsal necessary, please contact Leandra prior to rehearsal by email or text message to let her know. Emergencies that might make a singer miss rehearsal include a death in the family and illness with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea that would keep a singer home from school. Please do not schedule appointments or other events during rehearsal times.
If a singer misses more than two rehearsals in a semester, she will need to meet with Leandra to determine whether or not she will be able to sing the upcoming concerts. Please note that there are rehearsals scheduled on several Mondays when there is no school.
Please arrive at rehearsal at least five minutes early, in time to use the bathroom, get a drink of water, talk with friends, etc., and be in your seat in time for rehearsal to begin on time.
For concerts, singers must wear a white blouse with either long or short sleeves (not sleeveless), long black pants or long black skirt (to the feet), and close-toed flat black shoes with black socks.
This section will be developed with musical terms we use in rehearsals, in case you want to review them from home.