Group Instruction

Alexander Technique Group Class:  See information about the free demonstration class at the Faulkner County Library, Feb. 1, at 2pm, and our classes at UCA at http://uca.edu/csm/alexander-technique.

Beginner Guitar Class:  Join our popular 10-week beginner guitar class, for students ages 12 and up; Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm, beginning Jan. 29.  Learn basic chords and how to play in many different keys, and play real music you know and like!  You’ll also be reading music – both staff and tab – so you can read music on your own.  Materials fee of $7 is payable to the instructor at the first class.  Minimum of 5 students required; maximum enrollment is 10.  Instructor:  Nate Mathews, SFAC 125

Music Reading 101:  This 4-week class is for students, ages 16 and up, who want learn to read music and understand the basics of music theory.   If you used to understand and read music but have forgotten a lot and want to rekindle your musical chops, play by ear or never had a lesson and don’t know a C half note from a sharp on the staff, this class is for you!  Four weekly classes beginning  on Monday,  Feb. 2, 6:15-7:10.  Instructor:  Marian Aun

Little Mozart Pre-Piano Class:  This is a fun introduction to the keyboard and an excellent program to determine a child's readiness for piano lessons.  This 6-week class is for children, approximately ages 5-7, and in Kindergarten - Second grade.  Students meet weekly: Tuesday, 5-5:30pm, beginning January 27.  Maximum enrollment: 6.  Minimum enrollment for class to make: 4. Tuition: $90. A materials fee of $15 is payable at the first class. Instructor: Terrie Shires, SFA134A

Home-School Petting Zoo Classes:  We have always offered music lessons during the day for home-schooled students, but we are now developing some classes specifically for home-schooled students and would love for you to give all of them a try on a one time basis initially.  Classes in music theory and musicianship, musical theater, a petting zoo for instruments and other topics will be offered, beginning in February.  Class times will generally be 2pm.  Please contact us at jannb@uca.edu for information or to register.  Four classes will be given, and the most popular classes will continue following the end of the petting zoo options.  All four classes are $20, and each one is $5 if you don't want to make all four.

Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA) is for students in grades 3-12 who love to sing and want to learn to sing well!  We have three groups:  the Choristers training choir for treble voices, grades 3-5; Concert Choir for treble voices in grades 5-9, and the mixed-voice Youth Choir for 10th-12th graders and younger male students whose voices have changed, and also selected college singers.  VOCA promotes musical literacy and performance by providing a challenging, high quality choral experience for its members, and has received numerous awards and trophies since it's creation in 1996.

Information about our program, with recordings of our some of our recent performances, a schedule of upcoming important dates (including our students performing in UCA's production of The Marriage of Figaro, March 17-19), audition information and other helpful facts can be found at vocasings.com.

We opened our season with an Ice Cream Social on Monday, September 8th in the lobby of Snow Fine Arts, followed by a parent/student meeting in the recital hall. This event provided us with an opportunity to meet returning VOCA families and welcome our new members. Our first rehearsal for Spring will be Monday, January 12th. VOCA rehearses each Monday of the school year from 6-7:30pm.  The CAYC will rehearse each Monday from 7-8:30pm.  Our Concert Choir and CAYC director is Dr. Sheri Cook-Cunningham and Ms. Carrie Martens conducts the Choristers.  Bart Dooley, music specialist at Ida Burns Elementary assists as accompanist.

Students receive instruction in vocal technique, learn a variety of music in many styles and languages, perform several concerts each semester, and participate in a regional or national music festival or competition annually.

In Spring 2013, the choir sang in performance with The American Boychoir and one of our own, Douglas Butler, auditioned for and was accepted as a new member of the American Boychoir.

During the Fall 2013 semester, VOCA performed in concert with the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Ballet and the Conway Men's Chorus.   VOCA also performed at College Square Retirement Center and at UCA's Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This past semester the choir sang with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and in a production of The Christmas Carol.  A concert for faculty and staff at UCA on President's Day is planned, in addition to other performances this spring.

 

VOCA members toured Ellis Island while in NYC to sing at Carnegie Hall.

VOCA members toured Ellis Island while in NYC to sing at Carnegie Hall.

In March 2014, choir members and parents flew to New York City and performed in the Festival at Carnegie Hall.  Participation in the festival was a wonderful opportunity for our members.   Members and parents visited Ellis Island, Times Square, The Gershwin Theatre where they saw Wicked, the Statue of Liberty and other famous sites in NYC.  It was an outstanding experience, musically and educationally.

AUDITION INFORMATION:  A short audition is required for membership. Auditions for new students this spring will be held throughout January and interested students are welcome to come and see what a VOCA rehearsal is like by attending our last rehearsal of the month, Jan. 27, at 6pm.  Parents or older students should contact the Community School office at 501-450-5755 or 450-3672, or e-mail jannb@uca.edu or tbumgarn@uca.edu to schedule a 10-minute audition. A prepared piece is not required for Choristers or Children's choir, but a short 2-minute song and sight-reading is required for the CAYC.  All students are asked to match pitches. Tuition is $215 for the school year and and a payment plan may be set up upon request. For students starting in Spring only, tuition is reduced.   Donations are being accepted for need-based scholarships and for assisting our students who participate in the annual music festival.   Contributions are tax-deductible and additional information is on the VOCA website, http://www.vocasings.com/,  or you may call our office at 501-450-5755.