Gloria Homeschool Choir seeking new members

Gloria Home-School Choir
2015 Christmas Concert Season
The Gloria Home School Choir is an organization of home-schooled singers ranging in age from 12 years and up.  (Home school graduates are welcome and appreciated!) Our purpose is to glorify God through skillful and artistic music presentations while teaching our students the art of proper singing and musicianship.  The director is Dennis Baldridge; accompanist, Jane Baldridge.
Our repertoire consists of a variety of classical, sacred, patriotic and folk songs, and spirituals, performed with piano accompaniment in a manner that reflects the order, design and glory of our Creator.  Performance opportunities include a variety of venues such as retirement homes, community events, and on local radio stations.
The rehearsal and performance schedules are still being confirmed, but here is the initial plan.
Rehearsals —
Thursday Evenings except where noted!
6:30 – 8:30 in Hillsboro, WI
September 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10
Concerts: (*tentative dates)
December 04, 2015 9am WRCO morning show with Ron Fruit
December 11, 2015 7pm Faith Independence Baptist Church, Ontario, WI
December 12, 2015 7pm First Baptist Church, Richland Center, WI*
December 15, 2015 3pm, VA Hospital, Tomah, WI*
December 15, 2015 7pm, United Methodist church, Tomah, WI*
December 17, 2015 6:30 pm, Hillsboro Library
We are now accepting applications for our 2015-2016 concert season. To express your interest, or for more information, you may e-mail or call Dennis or Jane at or 608-489-3999
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August 2015 Letter from Dennis and Jane Baldridge

August 14, 2015

Dear Gloria Choir members and parents,

It’s still summer, but we are beginning to plan our 2015 Christmas Concert Season. Please take a moment to look at the dates at the end of this letter for rehearsal and performance dates. Attendance ateveryrehearsal is important and expected unless you are ill or extenuating circumstances exist. Please consider your commitment to the choir and let us know as soon as possible if you are planning to participateagain this fall. We need to know in advance if we will have enough students on each part, and how much music to order.

We are now accepting new applications for the 2015-2016 Gloria Choir. Feel free to forward this letter to friends who may be interested in joining. The applications are available here. New students will need to do an audition, which as you know can be more fun than scary. :)

One new and exciting addition to our choir rehearsals this fall is instruction in music reading. Beginning September 17, 2015, the first two rehearsals will be devoted exclusively to this training. The lessons will include rhythm training in the Kodaly method, note reading, and musical terms. We will begin regular choralrehearsals October 1, while the continuing reading lessons for a few weeks. Parents wishing to learn along with the students are encouraged to join the choir for this portion of the rehearsals. This music reading instruction is required for all members. Students who already read music well may “test out” of the first two sessions by taking a written exam. They will be provided with a hand-out outlining the basics of the Kodaly method to review at home so they will be able to participate in rhythm drills when the regular rehearsals begin. We hope this addition to our choir program will help all choir members to learn the music more efficiently, and provided them with a life-long skill.

We are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas concert Season.

Dennis & Jane Baldridge

Gloria Homeschool Choir


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