YC

Join the region's premier youth chorus with ensembles for young singers age 4-13!

New members are welcome to join throughout the year.

Due to the health and safety considerations around COVID-19, and the fact that synchronous music-making on the internet is almost impossible to achieve, we have made the difficult decision to suspend this program until it is safe to rehearse and perform again in person. Please check out the COVID-19 resources page to learn more about how Indian Hill Music is navigating the pandemic by prioritizing the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff.

Ensembles

At Indian Hill Music School, 36 King Street, Littleton MA

Prelude Chorus - ages 4-5

Tuesday Rehearsals (Oct-May) – 4:30-5:00 pm
Tuition: $275

Little singers will get the perfect start with fun songs and music games that teach them how to use their singing voice, and to listen and blend with others. Watch your child’s concentration and confidence grow!

Lyrica Chorus - ages 6-9

Tuesday Rehearsals (Oct-May) – 5:00-5:45 pm
Tuition: $350

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..

Harmonia Chorus - ages 10-13

Tuesday Rehearsals (Oct-May) – 5:45-7:00 pm
Tuition: $495

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. New members are welcome to join through at the beginning of each concert trimester. Check back for updates about when these ensembles will be continuing.

FAQs

About the Ensemble and Student Eligibility

Our new ensemble program is open to all children and youth ages 4-13 without audition. Music and activities for Prelude Chorus, Lyrica Chorus and Harmonia Chorus are chosen to be developmentally appropriate for each age group. New members can join at the beginning of each concert trimester.

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

$275 for Prelude, $350 for Lyrica, and $495 for Harmonia for the school year. Tuition must be paid 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. Prelude Chorus meets from 4:30-5:00 pm, Lyrica Chorus from 5:00-5:45 pm and Harmonia Chorus from 5:45-7:00 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

Dress rehearsals are the final run-through rehearsal before a performance. It is not necessary to come in concert dress. Attendance at dress rehearsals is required for all students. Group rehearsal times will overlap on dress rehearsal days in order to prepare combined repertory. The schedule for dress rehearsal days will be sent to parents at least two weeks prior to rehearsal.

Concerts

The concerts will be held at 6:00 pm in Camilla Blackman Hall, and will run approximately 45-50 minutes. Due to local fire regulations audience size must be limited to 140 people, so concerts will be presented twice on consecutive Tuesday evenings. Each chorus member will receive 2 free general admission tickets for each concert. 

Practice Requirements

Some home practice may be required by the Director.

Attendance Requirements

Unexcused absences are not allowed from rehearsals, dress rehearsals, or concerts. Students are allowed one (1) excused absence for each of the three 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

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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 created a Plymouth district-wide chorus to sing in concert with the African Children’s Choir. Kathy also volunteers with Musicians On Call, singing bedside at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. 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. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Hartt School of Music and a Master of Education degree from the University of New England.
“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.

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