Indian Hill Music, Littleton MA, Phone: 978-486-9524, Community music school offering private and group lessons, all ages, abilities, styles near Acton, Westford, Groton, Harvard, Chelmsford, Concord. Professional performance series featuring symphonic concerts by the Orchestra of Indian Hill, plus chamber music, jazz, and family events.
Children love to sing! Get them started right with instruction in healthy vocal technique and musicianship skills. Repertory will run the full range from classical and traditional songs, through current pop and contemporary hits.
The Youth Choir is a great starting point for young singers to develop their voices through healthy vocal technique, and to improve music-reading and musicianship skills. Additionally there is a strong focus on teamwork and personal development. The ensemble will learn and perform a variety of repertory from classical literature to contemporary pop hits.
To Join the Ensembles: No audition is required. Complete the online or paper registration form and submit with tuition payment. New members are welcome to join through October 30, and after the January 15 concert through March 5.
About the Ensemble and Student Eligibility Our new ensemble program is open to all children and youth ages 5-13 without audition. Music and activities for both Lyrica Chorus and Harmonia Chorus are chosen to be developmentally appropriate for each age group. New members can join through October 30 and after the January 15 concert through March 5.
About the Director
IHM’s Youth Choruses will be led by Kathleen McMinn, a music educator with over 35 years of experience. See her complete biography below.
Tuition $350 for Lyrica and $495 for Harmonia for the school year. Tuition must be paid in full at registration. Students joining later into the program will receive pro-rated tuition amounts. All Music School programs are eligible for Scholarship Funds. For more information on applying for a scholarship visit our Policies & Procedures page and click on the Financial Aid tab.
Rehearsal Schedule The Youth Choruses meet weekly on Tuesdays from October through May. Lyrica Chorus meets from 4:30-5:15 pm and Harmonia Chorus from 5:30-6:45 pm. We do not offer makeup classes when rehearsals have to be cancelled due to snow days or other emergencies. In the event of Director illness, we will do our best to provide a substitute conductor for the rehearsal.
Rehearsal Observation Because children can be easily distracted we request that parents wait outside the rehearsal hall. We have a comfortable waiting area in our Main Lobby with free Wi-Fi for your convenience. Parents may request permission from the Director to observe a rehearsal at any time. We do expect quiet, so please silence any electronic devices like cell phones. Children accompanying adults must be able to sit quietly for the duration of the rehearsal in order to be allowed in the rehearsal room. For any reason, the Chorus Director may ask visitors to leave the rehearsal space. Your quick and quiet compliance is appreciated.
Dress Rehearsals and Concerts
Dress rehearsals are the final run-through rehearsal before a performance. It is not necessary to come in concert dress. 2018-19 dress rehearsals are scheduled for January 8 and May 21, 2019. Attendance at dress rehearsals is required for all students. Lyrica and Harmonia rehearsal times will overlap on dress rehearsal days in order to prepare combined repertory. Lyrica will meet from 4:30-5:30 and Harmonia from 5:00-6:15 on the two dress rehearsal dates. The concerts will be held at 6:00 pm on January 15 and May 28, 2019. Concerts will run approximately 45-50 minutes and will be followed by a reception.
Some home practice may be required by the Director.
Unexcused absences are not allowed from rehearsals, dress rehearsals, or concerts.
Students are allowed one (1) excused absence for each of the two concert semesters. Examples of commitments and circumstances which can be eligible as excused absences: school concerts and dress rehearsals in which the student is performing, family emergencies, prolonged illness, observance of major religious holidays. Members of each ensemble are required to attend all dress rehearsals and concerts unless excused by the Director. At the discretion of the Director, students who miss a dress rehearsal may not be allowed to perform in the concert.
In-School Choral Programs
Members are expected to participate in their school’s choral program if one is offered. The IHM Youth Choruses are considered extra-curricular, and are not intended to replace a school’s choral program for any student.
About our Director
Master of Arts in Education, University of New England, Biddeford, ME; Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
Kathy McMinn is a music educator with over 35 years of experience. Her passion for choral music has been her motivation in developing several successful choruses that have pushed the potential of their singers. She directed the Federal Furnace Treble Chorus and was the founding director of the Plymouth Children’s Chorus, two guest choruses who performed with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Kathy founded South Shore Conservatory’s Pure Treble and Pure Harmony choruses. Both were accredited with performing with the Plymouth Philharmonic, the African Children’s Choir and a special performance for Vice President Biden. She directed the 2017 Plymouth Schools Elementary All Town Chorus and co-directed the Plymouth International Chorus in performances in Plymouth, Massachusetts and Plymouth, England.
Kathy volunteers with Music for Life, the parent organization for the Africa Children’s Choir in South Africa and Uganda. At home, she continues her volunteerism by facilitating a program that brings local school and community choruses together in concert with the African Children’s Choir. She created a Plymouth district-wide chorus for this purpose. Kathy also volunteers with Musicians On Call. She sings with Sippican Choral Society and has sung with the Pilgrim Festival Chorus and Kwaya Uganda.
Kathy is the recipient of the G. Herbert Clarke Award, the Plymouth Public Schools "Inspiration" Award, the Paul Harris Fellow through the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, and the Community Volunteer Award for Service Above Self. She is also the recipient of the 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, the Plymouth County Education Association Honor Award and the Plymouth Cultural Council’s ARTY Award.
“Choral singing is a way in which a child can explore their musicality in a safe and inclusive community. When children sing they are exposed to different cultures and genres and are able to experience the world in new and exciting ways.”
IMPORTANT NOTICE:Indian Hill Music School reserves the right at any time to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. We will make every effort to hold all classes offered. In the case of a cancellation, those affected will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund will be issued if another suitable class is not available.