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Who Can Participate

KYC welcomes all youth (boys and girls) in the community who agree to abide by the choir's
Participant Handbook and Rehearsal Respect Policies.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals start Monday, January 14
St. Peters United Methodist Church on Kingsland Blvd
Preparatory Choirs: 4:40 - 5:30
Prima Voce: 4:40 - 5:40
Bella Voce: 5:45 - 7:15

Bootcamp

Our mandatory Bootcamps for the Prima and Bella Voce choirs allow the choristers to spend an entire day together working on the music for the upcoming semester. Spending over 6 hours to dedicated choral singing allows the choristers to solidify the basics of the songs. The bootcamp also focuses on allowing the choristers to get to know one another. This is very important in making sure that each chorister feels like they belong as it strengthens the sound of the choir. The amount of work done at the Bootcamp is equivalent to 4 rehearsals. This makes it easier for the choristers to memorize their pieces, get to know one another, and building choral singing techniques.

Bella Voce Mandatory Bootcamp is Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 10 am to 4:30 pm with family BBQ to follow.
Prima Voce Mandatory Bootcamp is Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10 am to 4:30 pm with family BBQ to follow.

Preparatory Choirs - K-2

Our Preparatory Choirs are divided by grade with their own director.

Rehearsals: Mondays, 4:40-5:30

Kindergarten

Directed by Jennifer Zimmermann

  • The Kindergarten Preparatory Choir focuses on:
  • - Learning about the difference between singing voice and speaking voice
  • - Learning about pitches
  • - Music exploration through movement
  • - Unison singing
  • - KYC end of semester concert performances

Grades 1 & 2

Directed by Cari Roundy

  • The Choir for Grades 1-2 focuses on:
  • - Learning how to use head voice
  • - Learning how to project sound without shouting
  • - Focus on more intricate rhythms
  • - Mainly unison singing with the addition of easy partner singing and rounds
  • - Learning how to blend sound
  • - Music exploration through movement
  • - One local performance per semester
  • - KYC end of semester concert performances

Prima Voce - Grades 3-5

Directed by Kymberly Payne & Megan Comin

Rehearsals: Mondays, 4:40-5:40

  • The Prima Voce Choir focuses on:
  • - Finding your voice
  • - Learning to hear harmonies
  • - Unison and easy round singing progressing into 2 part harmonies
  • - Learning syncopation
  • - Music curriculum focus
  • - One to Two performances per semester
  • - KYC end of semester concert performances

Bella Voce - Grades 6-12

Directed by Megan Comin

Each chorister will have a 15-20 minute, private voice-lesson once a month during regular choir rehearsals. Private lesson schedule will be distributed at the parent meeting after first rehearsal. Private Vocal Lessons will be taught by Deb Sorensen.

Rehearsals: Mondays, 5:45-7:15

  • The Bella Voce Choir focuses on:
  • - Tuning and blending
  • - Unison, 2 part and 3 part harmonies
  • - Focus on vocal placement
  • - Curriculum focus
  • - 2 or more local performances per semester
  • - Music festival competitions
  • - Opportunity for Choir Tours
  • - KYC end of semester concert performances

Chicago Competition

Bella Voce will be traveling to Chicago to participate in the National Festival of Gold competition in April 2019.
New Choristers who register in January will be able to participate in the festival as long as they can successfully learn the vocal techniques and repertoire to the standards of the Bella Voce Choir. Participation of all choristers in the Festival of Gold competition will be determined by the Artistic Director and will be based on attendance, dedication and musicality. All choristers who wish to participate will be responsible for paying for the full cost of the trip, either through private funds or choir fundraising efforts.

Choir History

Katy Youth Choir (formerly known as Katy Children's Choir), was founded in 2012 by Dr. Debbie Siebert to educate children and youth in the proper way of singing, expose them to rich varieties of music, as well as offer performance opportunities. KYC will not only benefit and add culture to the lives of those who participate, but it will also benefit their families and generations to come. Today more than ever, we are in need of wholesome quality music, and inspirational performance experiences. These influential types of musical experiences change and shape young lives for the better.

Artistic and Executive Director, Megan Comin joined the choir in 2015 with the desire to bring the Katy Choral Program to new heights, building upon the foundation set by Dr. Debbie Siebert. Under the Direction of Megan Comin, the choir has received a gold national ranking and has had the opportunity to work with other well-known Directors to help the KYC choristers grow in their musical abilities. Megan believes that the purpose of choir is to take the talents and abilities of each individual and to help them work with fellow choristers to create a unified and beautiful choral sound. The lessons you learn in choral singing are a beautiful mixture of the lessons learned from learning music and playing on a sports team. Being part of something bigger than yourself is important in childhood development, and the Katy Youth Choir program is designed to help all choristers from different backgrounds unite as one voice.

The Katy Youth Choir has performed at numerous local events and community celebrations. The choirs have sung at college and professional sports events, charity galas, local broadway productions and fundraisers, community festivals and have competed in state-wide and national music competitions. Each year as the choir grows, we are able to inspire and engage more children, uplift singers, and encourage music education that reaches many children and youth, regardless of their circumstances or musical ability. All children and youth are accepted for placement in the KYC choral program.