Choral Program

It is no exaggeration to say that the experiences that he has had in Voices Rising have been life changing. His grades have improved, his test scores have improved, his self confidence has improved, and perhaps most importantly for us, he has developed a true passion for music and singing.
Patsy and Doug

Midwest Young Artists offers a Choral Program for talented young voices who want the best vocal preparation possible for future college vocal training and who wish to be exposed to the finest choral literature. The MYA Choral Program includes Little Maestro Singers, Mighty Maestro Singers, Voices Rising, and VX Studio Vocal Ensemble. Each ensemble sings a wide variety of choral literature from classical to jazz and newly composed or arranged works by MYA composer-in-residence, Gary Fry. Students experience professional vocal training, spirited direction, and intensive choral instruction. Students may also participate in sight-singing and vocal musicianship classes. Voices Rising students perform alongside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their Welcome Yule! concerts in December.

Little Maestro Singers

The Little Maestro Singers is a great way to introduce your young musician to performing in a choral ensemble. For 1st and 2nd graders.

Philosophy

The Little Maestro Singers at MYA seeks to discover that musical spark innate in children and to help it grow! Through sing-alongs and group activities, students will experience the pleasure and camaraderie of participating in a choral ensemble. Using songs by Tom Chapin, Peter Paul and Mary, and others, the class is designed to teach pitch matching and musical elements through enjoyment and encouragement. As an alternative to formal performances, the Little Maestros will hold "informances" to showcase what we have been working on throughout the semester.

Tuition: $365/semester

Register for Little Maestro Singers

Little Maestro Rehearsals: Sundays, 3:00-3:45pm

Mighty Maestro Singers

For 3rd and 4th graders, the Mighty Maestro Singers is designed to provide younger individuals with the opportunity to experience the pleasure and camaraderie of participating in a choral ensemble.

Philosophy

The Mighty Maestro Singers at MYA seeks to discover that musical spark innate in children and to help it grow! Through sing-alongs and group activities, students will experience the pleasure and camaraderie of participating in a choral ensemble. Using songs by Tom Chapin, Peter Paul and Mary, and others, the class is designed to teach pitch matching and musical elements through enjoyment and encouragement.As an alternative to formal performances, the Little Maestros will hold "informances" to showcase what we have been working on throughout the semester.

Tuition: $365/semester

Register for Mighty Maestro Singers

Mighty Maestro Rehearsals: Sundays, 4:00-5:00pm

Voices Rising

Voices Rising Camp - Monday, August 18 - Wednesday, August 20 10am-12pm

Sunday Rehearsals Begin August 24th

Experienced director and choral music educator, Stevi Marks joins the MYA staff as conductor of Voices Rising. The talented members of this ensemble will build musicianship and vocal skills in a nurturing and professional environment by continually seeking excellence in music of diverse styles. Voices Rising accepts unchanged voices beginning in the 5th grade through 9th grade.

Voices Rising students perform alongside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their Welcome, Yule! concerts in December. Participation in these prestigious concerts is open to Voices Rising members who have demonstrated professional rehearsal and attendance etiquette.

Tuition: $925 (includes camp)

Audition Requirements for Voices Rising

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Voices Rising Rehearsals: Sunday, 4:00- 6:00pm at The MYA Center, 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL 60040

VX Studio Vocal Ensemble

Director Gary Fry created this mixed-voice ensemble so students can focus on intense development of musical and vocal skills through recording (rather than live performance). Working throughout the year with both Mr. Fry and Stevi Marks, students will learn about the skills expected from professional recording vocalists as they sight-read and record short pieces in a multitude of vocal styles, drawn primarily from actual commercials, from classical singing to contemporary pop and jazz. Students will also learn about current recording technology and techniques that are used in producing professional vocal tracks.

The size of the group will be limited to 16, and may be fewer based on properly balancing the group with male and female voices. To encourage consistent attendance, any member of the ensemble who has perfect attendance for the semester will receive a solo professional recording session of three hours at no additional cost. This session may be used to record a college application tape or similar (2-3 selections with piano accompaniment), and will be scheduled at mutual convenience outside of scheduled rehearsal time.

Listen to what VX is doing!

Tuition: $732

Audition Requirements for VX Ensemble

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VX Rehearsals:Wednesday, 7:00-9:00pm at Midwest Young Artists or High Touch Recording Studio, 13 Rolling Ridge Rd, Northfield, IL

Music and MovementOrchestrasChamber MusicJazzWind SymphonyMusic Theory and Composition