- Alexander Technique Group Class: Cliff Hicks, certified Alexander Technique instructor, leads students in the basics of the Alexander Technique during 4 weekly lessons, Sundays from 2-3pm. New sessions are offered throughout the school year. Tuition is set at $75 for the entire 4 lesson session - a fantastic bargain! A minimum enrollment of four students is required for the group class.
- Beginner Guitar Class: Youth and adults can learn to play the guitar during our Summer II group classes. Students from ages 8-15 will meet on Thursday, 6-7:15pm, beginning July 2-Aug. 6. Adults will meet Monday, 7-8:30pm, July 6-Aug. 10. 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. Tuition: Youth Class $90; Adult Class $120. A materials fee of $7 is payable to the instructor at the first class. Minimum of 5 students required; maximum enrollment is 10. Youth Instructor: Nate Mathews; Adult Instructor: Smokey Emerson
- Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA); Auditions will be announced in August. 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.
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.
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 the spring are now closed but we will have auditions later this spring for new students interested in joining VOCA next fall. Parents or older students should contact the Community School office at 501-450-5755 or 450-3672, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
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.