You don't need to sightread music fluently or have a lot of prior singing experience to join although both of those attributes are welcome.
You do need to be able to match pitch, comfortably hold your own part when singing in harmony, and have a can-do attitude when confronted with unfamiliar languages and singing styles.
Scores will be supplied for some repertoire, as appropriate; but many songs are taught by ear. Everything is taught by example, with emphasis placed on authenticity and on replicating the spirit of each musical genres.
Live zoom rehearsals have been scheduled to take place on the second weekend of each month, with a 1-1/2 hour lesson on both the Saturday (from 8-9:30pm Eastern Time/7-8:30pm Central Time) and the Sunday (from 2-3:30pm ET/1-2:30pm CT) from September through April.
November 14-15 (Sunday's rehearsal begins at 10am CT (11am ET)
NOTE: If circumstances change and permit us to resume in-person rehearsals, the Chicago World Music Chorus would add live meetings on one Sunday afternoon each month from 1-4pm. Tentatively these could be: January 24 / February 7 / March 7 / April 18.
Tuition is $250 for the 16 sessions of the coming season, with a self-chosen discounted tuition of $175 for those who need it.
We also offer an optional $300 tuition for those who would like to donate to help subsidize the choir.
Choir members will have unlimited access to Village Harmony's Thinkific learning platform, where recordings of each zoom lesson will be posted afterward for leisurely review. A full gamut of digital teaching materials will reinforce the live teaching for each song, with individual voice parts recordings, performance samples, pronunciation tracks, wordsheets, translations, scores and a generous variety of digital background resources to dive into.
From participants on Thinkific this past summer:
Thank you for an absolutely wonderful week last week. Not only was it immensely musically engaging and rewarding, but you all did such wonderful work to make us all feel connected to each other and really encourage collaboration, experimentation, and self-growth. This is no easy feat to do in online teaching (as I'm finding out myself these past few months!), and I just wanted to pass along my sincere thanks.
I am still basking in the glow of Village Harmony time together and I want to thank you for your part in making this the highlight of my summer. I am sure you all felt some uncertainty facing this new platform as, indeed, did we, but this was certainly a delicious lemonade that quenched my thirst!
As complicated as it was with zoom, you managed to create a sacred space available to us.