St. Clare Singers Youth Choir 2017-2018
St. Clare Singers is entering their Twelvth Year of Service through Song. Please consider enrolling your child in this wonderful ministry for a year filled with music and faith fundamentals, friendship, and fun!

Please fill this form out online and submit it to us before choir rehearsals begin. We look forward to working with our choir members again this school year. Family Mass Dates are listed below.

Who can join?
Any child who is reading and in 1st-8th grade. We will teach them to sing. They need to be able to read, listen and follow directions. Details below..

1st Graders (should join if they are reading, enjoy music and have a willingness to learn and participate)-­ We had many first graders join us last year, and they did a great job. First graders will be welcome to join us at all rehearsals and we will evaluate how they are doing and pair them with an experienced choir member as a partner as they learn how to be in choir! Students attend rehearsals on Tuesdays after school and Friday mornings beginning at 7:30.

2nd – 8th Graders - students attend rehearsals on Tuesdays, 3:30pm-­4:30 PM and participate on Fridays, 7:30 AM thru morning mass. These singers rehearse 2x’s a week in order to prepare special music which is sung at our Monthly Family masses and build vocal technique and musicianship skills as a group. If your student has a conflict on Tuesdays and can only participate Friday mornings, please make a note of that. While they will greatly benefit from the more in depth rehearsal, we still want them to have a chance to sing if they wish.

Middle School and High School Instrumentalists and Singers
If you are a high schooler who is looking for a music ministry, you have come to the right place. We are looking for experienced instrumentalists (guitar, bass, woodwind, strings, percussion, etc.) and vocalists to help out with our Sunday Masses. We would love to have you help out and be a part of our ministry.

What will you learn?
Students learn many styles of music, and develop their singing skills through the use of the Kodaly method to aid in sight reading and the recognition of staff notation. Your child will be instructed in healthy vocal production, intonation, pronunciation, and breath control. The songs we sing also reinforce the fundamentals of our faith!
Who are your teachers?
Mrs. Kelley Van Slooten is the director of St. Clare Singers. She is in her eleventh year of leading this group and has over 20 years of voice teaching experience. She has also had many years of classroom teaching experience in Theater and Music from elementary school through college level.

Mrs. Paula Eamon is our St. Clare Singers accompanist. She is a wonderful composer and has been involved with Music Ministry at St. Clare and other churches for many years. Mrs. Eamon teaches Music at St. Clare School and piano lessons at her home.

Mrs. Cecilia Shinn is the Director or Music Ministry at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church. Mrs. Shinn will sometimes sub for Mrs. Van Slooten and assist during our rehearsals if needed. Mrs. Shinn directs the choirs and bell choir at St. Clare and oversees our entire music ministry. Mrs. Shinn has been a music educator and choir director for many years and sings in the Grammy winning vocal ensemble Conspirare. We are blessed to have her at St. Clare.

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful team!

Cost
A fee of $30.00 to cover sheet music, snacks, help with field trips and other needs. Please bring your payment to the first rehearsal your child attends. Please make checks to St. Clare of Assisi Church, attention: Music Department (SCS). You may add St. Clare Singers in the memo section if writing a check, or on the envelope if sending cash. Please bring the payment to the first rehearsal or you can drop it off at the front desk in the school.
Rehearsal Details- Who? When? Where? How?
Friday Morning Rehearsal- We begin at 7:30 AM in the choir area of the Church. 1st-8th graders are to attend this rehearsal each week. If other students are available during this time (home schooled etc. please come ) Experienced singers help to mentor younger singers. Students arrive at school at 7:25, place backpacks in assigned places near classrooms, use the restroom and be in seats by 7:30 am. We sing as a choir for the Friday morning 8:30 am mass each week unless there is a school holiday. Parents and family are welcome to attend if they are available. Students who are on time to rehearsals weekly will be given first consideration for Cantor assignments. Being on time is important!

Tuesday afternoon rehearsal- Who? Any and all Students enrolled in St. Clare Singers stay after school each Tuesday for rehearsal.

When and Where? Students are dismissed at 3:00 to the back patio/playground for a snack and short free play time. We have a restroom/drink break between 3:20 and 3:25. We rehearse from 3:30-4:30 pm. in the Church. Students will be dismissed to a parent or other approved adult in the church at 4:30 pm in the Narthex (covered area under large fan). Extended day students will be dismissed to extended day.

Behavior/ Participation Note: If any students exhibits difficulties following the rules and participating at an appropriate level during rehearsals, their participation in rehearsals and group activities may be suspended at any time. This is not usually an issue.

Family Mass/ Holy Days and Special School Masses Schedule 2017-2018
September 10- 9:00 am mass with SCS

October 8- 9:00 am mass with SCS

Feast of All Saints - Wednesday, November 1st 8:30 mass

Novemeber 12- 9:00 am mass with SCS

December - No regular Family Mass

December 8th Friday-Feast of Immaculate Conception 8:30 am

December 24th Christmas SCS and Caroler-Family Choir 4:00 pm mass.

SCS and family are welcome to join us for several practices to sing together for Christmas eve mass. It is fun for the kids to sing with their parents.Please consider joining us if you will be in town for Christmas. Cherub choir is available for Pk3-K singers.

January 28th Catholic Schools Week 9:00 am mass

February 11- 9:00 am mass with SCS

March - No family mass - Focus on Easter preparation

April - April 1st - Easter Sunday 8:00 am mass

May- Friday May Crowning - May 4th 8:30 am (Crowning to follow)

May 23rd- Wednesday- 8th Grade Graduation

May 25th- Friday- Last Day of School



St. Clare Singer's Student Registration Form
Student Last Name *
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Student First Name *
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Grade / Teacher *
e.g. 8 / Morales -- or Name of school (non-St Clare students)
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Primary Phone *
e.g. 281-555-1234
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Secondary Phone
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Primary Email Address *
Please list an address that you check regularly
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Secondary Email
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Do we have permission to include this choir member in choir photos published on parish website? *
Father Name
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Is Father VIRTUS Trained?
Not required, but required for chaperones on field trips
Mother Name
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Is Mother VIRTUS Trained?
Not required, but required for chaperones on field trips
Please list any food allergies or health conditions your child has
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Comments
Please enter any comments or notes, such as special needs or transportation arrangements
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If your child plays a musical instrument, please indicate
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Has your child participated in choir before. If so, how long?
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Do you regularly attend St. Clare Parish?
Not a requirement to participate
Can you help with various tasks during the year?
Please check as many boxes as you are available to help with. If we have a number of volunteers, that would be wonderful! Some volunteer positions require virtus training
Will your child be available to sing at one weekend Family Mass per month (even if you are not a regular parishioner).
This is strongly encouraged as we rehearse the music with all singers.
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