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Spectrum Choral Academy
Fall registration now open! Now accepting new singers!
SPECTRUM CHORAL ACADEMY
Founded in 2011, Spectrum Choral Academy is a community choir program for children, teens and college age singers with the purpose of inspiring young people through quality music education and performances. Weekly rehearsals are held from September through May on Tuesdays in Gig Harbor, WA. We also offer summer camps and festivals throughout the year.
Spectrum Choral Academy offers four levels of vocal music instruction:
Grades K-6: Children's Chorus
Tuesdays 4:45-6:15 PM
Our Elementary aged choir for kids who love to sing! No experience necessary – but all singers must be able to match pitch. Each rehearsal includes quality vocal instruction and music movement activities. Singers are exposed to songs in a variety of genres, languages, keys, tempos and styles in preparation for annual Christmas and Spring concerts. Music theory instruction breakout classes and combined rehearsal with Youth Chorus is included each week! Children’s Chorus singers participate in annual Christmas and Spring Concerts and Youth Choir Festival NW, learning about 20 new choir songs each year.
Grades 6-12: Youth Chorus
Tuesdays 5:45-7:45 PM
Our middle/highschool treble choir for teens and young adults who have a passion for singing. No choral experience necessary, but singers must be able to match pitch and have a desire to improve their vocal/music theory skills within a team environment. Each rehearsal will begin with 30 min combined rehearsal with younger Children’s Chorus buddies, followed by Youth Chorus rehearsal and music theory breakout classes. A high volume of challenging and rewarding repertoire in 2-8 parts is learned and memorized each season. Singers are exposed to a variety of genres, languages, keys, tempos and styles. Youth Chorus singers participate in annual Christmas and Spring Concerts and Youth Choir Festival NW in June. Tours and our week-long overnight honor choir camp are optional. Many of our Youth Chorus graduates have gone on to major in music in college, become music teachers, section leaders and professional musicians.
Select Singers Highschool-College: Ensemble
Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 PM
This advanced level vocal ensemble is designed for our most dedicated and passionate highschool/college musicians. Ensemble singers are also part of Youth Chorus (treble) and/or Accord (SATB adult community chorus) where they function as role models, section leaders, theory teachers, rehearsal assistants, festival staff and camp counselors. Wednesday Ensemble rehearsals will focus on special Ensemble-only repertoire and solos. Participation is by audition / invitation of the director. Current singers must remain in good standing to continue their involvement in Ensemble. Expectations: advanced musician, solo quality voice, ages 14-22, 1 year minimum Spectrum Youth Chorus experience, mature role model behavior at all Spectrum events, advanced music theory/note reading/sight singing skills, good rehearsal & concert attendance. A limited number of singers will be selected for this ensemble. Talk with Stephanie if you desire to be an Ensemble member someday.
Adults (ages 18+): Spectrum Accord
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 PM
Accord early 12c “come into agreement” “be in harmony”
from common Latin “be of one heart”
Calling all adults who love music, community and trying new things! We believe all humans can – and should – sing together, experiencing the joyful power of uniting voices in harmony. Accord started in April 2023 as a 5-week singing experience for adults, inspired by The Village Green Project. We plan to continue this opportunity on a weekly basis from September-May. No auditions / no previous music experience necessary. Practice links and recordings will be provided for self study. Spectrum Choral Academy parents & alumni are encouraged to participate. Experienced singers are invited to help lead sections and teach harmonies. Our artistic staff and Ensemble singers will help teach melodies and harmonies through exposure/immersion. We can also provide music theory materials for those wishing to improve their note reading skills. Accord will participate in our annual Christmas and Spring Concerts.
Spectrum Christmas Concert
Saturday, Dec 9, 2023
3PM & 7PM
now registering new singers
Spring Registration is open!
Now offering a choir for everyone -
ages 5 through adult! Choir placement auditions being held by appointment. New singers are invited to join in January!
2024 Honor Choir Summer Camp
Grades 6-12 & alumni
Early bird registration now open!
- December 9, 2023 10th Spectrum Christmas Concert (all singers) - ticket sales now open!
- May 2024 - date TBA 10th Spectrum Spring Concert (all singers)
- May 31-June 2, 2024 4th Youth Choir Festival NW (all youth singers & guest choirs)
- Tentative Dates: July 29-Aug, 2024 - Gig Harbor SINGS! Choir Day Camp (grades K-6)
- August 4-10, 2024 Northwest Choir Camps - 13th Honor Choir Summer Camp (grades 6-12)
Spectrum Rehearsals Include:
From traditional folk tunes to choral classics and Broadway favorites,
we work on quality choral repertoire learning how to sing a beautiful unison up to multi-part harmony.
Students have opportunities to create sounds and play rhythms using percussion instruments. We also regularly perform with a variety of advanced student and professional instrumentalists in concert.
Feel the music in your body.
Students who make singing a whole body experience learn faster and retain what they learn. We often add dance scarves and choreography to our choral music.
Learn how to keep a steady beat and play different rhythms. Body percussion is also a regular part of our rehearsals.
Discover how to use your voice in a healthy, enjoyable way.
Learn how to read notes and follow a musical score with music theory program.
Friends and Fun
Connect with with other young people who also have a passion for music! Singers who are involved in our program long-term create friendships that last a lifetime.
Studies show that young people who sing in choirs...
- Do better in their school studies, especially math.
- Develop personal confidence and overcome shyness.
- Tend to be healthier and are sick less often.
- Acquire improved abilities to speak and enunciate more clearly.
- Have better posture and body alignment.
- Learn to breathe properly.
- Make lasting and wholesome friendships.