Music + Movement
LITTLE VOICES. BIG SOUNDS.
“Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing, and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”
A Letter from the Children’s Choir Director, Sarah, Altman
Calling all singers 2nd through 5th grade!
The Children's Choir program at St. James is getting revamped with a new director and a revised vision. Sarah Altman is a graduate of Millsaps College with degrees in Elementary Education and Music with a Voice Concentration. She has been singing with the adult choir and was invited to join the community at St. James committed to the lives of children in this new staff position. She, the children's director, the choirmaster, and the clergy agree on these tenants of this program:
Children who are choral singers are liturgical leaders now. They are an integral part of the service and lead all of us into a truer relationship with the Divine.
Parental involvement is essential for a successful choral music program.
Children who sing together as a cohort form bonds with one another, with the church, with God, and with music as a discipline.
Musically literate children have the opportunity to become lifelong musicians, as well as deeply appreciative adults.
Things to know:
Children's Choir is a commitment. Each rehearsal is both a preparation for services, and a session of direct musical instruction. Rehearsals are planned long-term for children to learn musical, choral, and liturgical fundamentals. Missing rehearsals takes away that opportunity for engagement. Children will also form a cohort of young singers, with their own distinct social energy. Each singers' energy is essential to the whole.
Rehearsals begin promptly at 5:15 on Wednesday nights in the choir room, and last for half an hour.
There is a rotation of parents who will be present during Wednesday night rehearsals to comply with the church's Safe Sanctuaries Policy. Please send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mary Nell (email@example.com) an email if you would like to be included.
Singing together at a high level is fun! Young singers get access to a wide musical world. They not only learn to sing together, but to breathe together. to think together, to feel together.
I welcome any questions! I would love to meet you and your interested child before (5-5:15) or after (5:45-6) rehearsal.