A Message from Victoria Redfearn Cave, Artistic Director
Welcome back to our 2021-22 season! Thank you to all of our families who were able to join us virtually for the 2020-21 season, “just keep singing.” We successfully navigated continuing our choral program online and now have a beautiful library of artistic videos and final digital products from our year.
We welcomed back our first in-person singers at our successful Opera Camp 2021! To reconnect through singing in-person was beyond special, and a shout-out to families and friends who joined us for our porch open houses on the final day.
For this season, we will be offering multiple options. In-person rehearsals on Sunday afternoons will be offered for each group at our former location, the Ballet School, 2409 Ivy Road. For the start of the year, we will be masking and distancing during rehearsals, regardless of vaccination status. We will also only sing for a maximum of 30 minutes, the recommended time period for singing indoors while masked for anyone unvaccinated. Covid research is based on the latest studies specifically for music education shared to conductors by the American Choral Directors Association and in coordination with the latest updates from the CDC. To supplement our Sunday afternoon rehearsals, we will continue to offer optional virtual experiences on Wednesdays: a pajama party for Patchwork or music theory session for Mosaic/Mosaic Honors. For those families who are unable to join us for in-person rehearsals, we will also offer an all virtual experience. Families may transition at any time to an in-person experience as needed.
We are thrilled to launch our 2021-22 season and invite both new and current families to experience the magic of the Mosaic community.
Pebbles, $90/session (Spring; Sundays, 4:30-4:50PM; Ages 3-5, Instructor: Mary Evans) For our littlest learners, this class is designed to introduce children under the age of 5 to music and movement. Students will sing, dance, create, and most importantly, play! Through joyful music-making, they will explore elements of pitch, beat, and space.
Patchwork, $400/year or $40/month (Sundays, 4:30-5PM; Grades K-2, Instructor: Victoria Redfearn Cave) This audition-based group is meant to introduce students to their first experiences singing with an ensemble. Through movement and singing games, students work to improve their pitch and rhythm while also connecting and collaborating with others. Early literacy through score reading, solfege, and rhythmic reading will be introduced. Students will participate in final sharings and performances. Students are invited to participate in an optional virtual pajama party Wednesdays 7-7:15PM.
Mosaic, $500/year or $50/month (Sundays, 5:15-6:00 PM; Grades 3-8, Instructor: Victoria Redfearn Cave) This audition-based group is meant to take students into a deeper experience of collaborative singing. Students are expected to have a solid ability to match pitch. Students will explore their artistry through a multi-disciplinary approach to the choir. Students who join are often interested in multiple elements in the arts: music, dance, theater, creative writing, and visual art. Rehearsals will engage students physically through warm-ups, movement games, and even yoga for singers. Students will explore music literacy concepts deeper, engaging consistently with score reading, solfege, and rhythmic sight-reading. Students are often involved with helping shape final sharings and performances. Students are invited to participate in an optional virtual music theory session Wednesdays 7:15-7:30 PM.
Mosaic Honors, $600/year or $60/month (Sundays, 6:15 – 7:00 PM; Grades 3-8; Instructor: Victoria Redfearn Cave) This audition-based group is meant for students with a certain level of experience in music, singing, and harmony work. Students are not only comfortable matching pitch but are comfortable singing in harmony (with a group.) Most of these students take lessons in other art disciplines, such as a private instrument or dance, or are heavily involved with their arts programs at school. These students provide mentorship for younger students and have opportunities to participate in our bi-annual Salon Series, showing talents with a supportive arts community. These students are vibrantly interested in their technical growth and work outside of rehearsal on music reading and sight-singing. They are leaders in our final sharings and performances. Students are invited to participate in an optional virtual music theory session Wednesdays 7:15-7:30 PM.
Sapphire, $600 or $60/month (invitation-only; Sundays, 6:15-7:30 PM; Instructor: Victoria Redfearn Cave) This audition-based group is a small all-girls chamber singing ensemble. It focuses specifically on the needs of the teenage girl, especially those who are interested in high-level arts training. Preference is given to students who take studio lessons on any instrument, read music, and/or receive instruction in other arts disciplines. Students will perform repertoire from multiple genres with a focus on advanced vocal technique and music theory. Most importantly, girls can serve as a support system for others who are interested in singing at an advanced level. Students will have access to social experiences, possibly through ukulele playing, dramatic coaching, and even college counseling.
Virtual Only Option, $600 yearly or $60/month for a family (Wednesdays via Zoom, 6:30-7:00 p.m., multiple ages, Instructor: Victoria Redfearn Cave) This is designed for families who need to rehearse from home. It is a multi-level class that will contain some pieces from Patchwork and Mosaic. There will not be separate groupings, so a family might have a Patchwork student and a Mosaic student who come together to rehearse. The class will not offer advanced theory work. Virtual only students are welcome to participate in the virtual pajama party and music theory sessions. Students who are not enrolled in the virtual option, but who are sick on a Sunday might also use this time to “make-up” a class. Students may join the in-person experience at any point in the year, but tuition will be adjusted to reflect the multi-level courses.