Group Instruction

Beginner Guitar Class:  Join Smokey Emerson’s popular 12-week adult beginner guitar class, for students age 16 and up; TBA.  Materials fee: $7, payable at 1st class to instructor (please do not add to tuition check.) Minimum of 6 students required; maximum enrollment: 10.  Tuition $150; location:  SFA 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!  A weekly 1-hour class beginning  March 31: Mon., 5:30-6:30 pm.

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, 5-5:30 pm.  Maximum enrollment: 6.  Minimum enrollment for class to make: 4. Tuition: $90. A materials fee of $15 is payable at the first class, Jan. 21. Instructor: Terrie Shires, SFA 134A

Auditions will be held January 14 and 15 for Choristers, Children's Choir and the Youth Choir.  Call 501-450-5755, or email jannb@uca.edu to schedule your audition time.

Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA) is for boys and girls in grades 4-12.  We have three groups:  the Choristers training choir and Children's Choir for 4th - 9th grade treble voices, and the SATB Youth Choir for 10th-12th graders and younger male students whose voices have changed.  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.

 VOCA  will begin rehearsals for Spring on Monday, January 13.  A parent meeting will be held at 6pm on the 13th with a rehearsal following the meeting.  VOCA rehearses each Monday of the school year from 6-7:30pm.  The CAYC will rehearse each Monday from 7:35-8:35pm.  Our Concert Choir and CAYC director is Dr. Sheri Cook-Cunningham and Dr. Paige Rose 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 compete in a regional competition or participate in a national music festival annually in the spring.

During the Fall 2012 semester, the CACC performed in concert with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in their annual Christmas concerts in December.  Along with other excellent reviews, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette noted the CACC's performance was one of the highlights of the entire performance.  The CACC also performed at College Square Retirement Center and at UCA's Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall.  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 this year's American Boychoir.

This fall VOCA was the featured choral group with the Moscow Ballet when they performed in LR.

Next spring choir members have the opportunity to visit New York City and perform in the Festival at Carnegie Hall.  Participation in the festival is a wonderful opportunity for our members but is NOT mandatory.   We hope many of our Choristers, Concert Choir and CAYC members take this opportunity to participate in this 3-day festival but participation is not a requirement of becoming a VOCA member!

AUDITION INFORMATION:  A short audition is required for membership.  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.  Donations are being accepted for need-based scholarships and for assisting our students who plan to attend the Carnegie Hall Music Festival.   Contributions are tax-deductible and additional information is on the VOCA website, or you may call our office at 501-450-5755.