SGM is organized into progressive choirs. Students are encouraged to participate in the earlier choirs prior to joining Laudate Choir, in order to develop their musical skills and prepare them for more advanced repertoire. Each choir will participate in the fall and spring concerts. All choristers are required to practice their music at home in preparation for rehearsals.

Expectations for practicing are shared in weekly rehearsals. In order for the directors to assess a student’s readiness for participation in a choral group and to determine voice parts, all new prospective choir members will schedule an audition. These will be held on August 15, 2018, at Bethany Bible Fellowship Church in Hatfield, PA. Age cutoffs for the choirs are October 1.

Directors may opt to place students in choirs based on their ability rather than age, as appropriate. Directors also reserve the right to deny enrollment, to request that a chorister discontinue participation, and in special cases to require private music lessons for participation in the choirs.

  • Prima Choir (Ages 5-7)
    Gayle Tuttle, Director

    Wednesdays 10:15 am - 11:00 am
    This choral readiness program is designed to help develop and solidify the ability to sing in tune and keep a steady beat. A multi-sensory approach is used, including rhythm and tonal activities, as well as singing and movement games. Choristers will participate briefly in the winter and spring concerts, for which attendance is required. Prerequisite: Completion of Family Fun class or a “Mommy and Me” interview.

  • Gayle Tuttle, Co-Director
    Joanna Firth, Co-Director

    Wednesdays 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Students in Cantabile Choir are introduced to principles of good choral singing technique, as well as musical expression. Although students will be taught some of the material by rote, they will also be taught foundational principles in reading music and how to sing in two parts. Ability to match pitch and repeat patterns is required.

  • Joanna Firth, Director

    Wednesdays 10:15 am - 11:45 am
    More advanced musicianship is developed, and singing is in four parts. Members must demonstrate satisfactory music reading skills, as well as ability to match pitch and repeat patterns.

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  • Gayle Tuttle, Instructor

    Wednesdays 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    This class meets the first 11 weeks of each semester and is designed for the parent and child(ren) to participate together. Older siblings may attend at no additional cost. Family Fun is for young children and their families. Students will enjoy using all of their senses to discover the world around them. They will use their imagination while singing and playing instruments to nature-themed songs. Through echoing rhythm and tonal patterns, they begin to learn the language of music. Purposeful movement activities and focused listening exercises engage their minds and bodies. Language development is nurtured through the rhythm of poetry and storytelling. Quality Home Materials (by MusikGarten) enable parents to bring music/activities home for their children to enjoy on a daily basis. This important listening dimension surrounds your child with music every day.

  • Karen Burgman, Instructor

    Wednesdays 9:15 am - 10:00 am (1st Semester)
    This class meets 10 weeks in the fall semester starting September 12.
    Rhythmic Movement and Musical Expression (RMME) employs Eurhythmics, an approach to enhancing instrumental and vocal skills that is usually offered only at world class music schools or to very young children. This basic approach to rhythmic study incorporates some of the most essential and practical work that can help any musician desiring to grow beyond the scope of private instrument lessons. Eurhythmics ultimately aims to connect the musician to the music in a way that utilizes the physical aspect of rhythm to improve attention and perception and give the artist greater musical control of expression. The class work involves three parts: training and coordinating the body in rhythm and nuance, utilizing solfege to train the ear, eye and voice in pitch, melody and harmony. Improvisation is the pinnacle of putting all parts together in movement with voice or at an instrument.

    Testimonials from past SGM choristers:
    "Music is not only something you see, hear, or even create, it is also something that you must feel. It is alive and physical, and this understanding is crucial to a musician's development. My years of RMME training under Karen Burgman opened a rainbow of new colors and expressions to be used in my own music-making and teaching. This approach gave me a new and exciting way to express music in motion and to understand my craft in a deeper more physical way. I highly recommend both the course and the instructor!"
    "I think that music is so physical. No matter what instrument you play or music you like, understanding the way it physically translates is so important. Breath, rhythm, and phrasing are all part of and improved by RMME. Also, there's no better teacher so.."
    "Taking RMME helped to shape me as a musician and as a pianist. One of the main things I learned in RMME was how to feel music: the beat, the movement, the shape of the music. Taking this class allowed me to understand patterns in music better, which gave me a deeper understanding of how to both hear, and perform, music. I also learned several techniques for how to physically move my body and hands to understand and even “see” the shape of the music. We learned how to connect our muscles to the music and how to remove tension from our bodies so that we could more easily learn and play complicated rhythms and lines of music. I often used these techniques before performing or competing in the years that followed. I would highly recommend this class to any musician who wants to understand the movement and feel of music in a deeper, more conscious way."
  • Wednesdays 8:45 am - 10:00 am (2nd Semester)
    This choir meets second semester.
    Advanced Ensembles are open to Laudate Choir members who audition in the fall. Members must be willing to be leaders in Laudate Choir. Students sing more difficult repertoire and are expected to be comfortable singing a capella and in divided parts.