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How old do children need to be to audition for the GPBC?

Boys must be entering grade 1 in September.

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Do the boys need to have any musical training or experience to join the Early Boys’ Singing Class? (known as Kodaly for Boys)

No. We are a musical education program! Boys entering grade 1 in September do not need any training. The Kodaly for Boys class teaches pitch matching, beat and simple rhythms.

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What if the boy is going into grade 2 or 3 and wants to join the Boys’ Choir and hasn’t done Kodaly?

No problem! Boys who in grade 2 or 3 attend an open house for approximately 40 minutes where all the boys gather together in a non-threatening environment. During the 40 minute time period the Director of the Choir works with the boys getting them to sing, and keep the beat by playing singing games. They are being tested for matching pitch, beat and rhythm and their readiness to learn. They will be notified within 24 hours if they made it into the Prep Choir, or should spend a year in the Kodaly for Boys, or should wait a year and try again.

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When is the Open House (audition) for boys in grade 2?

June 5th, 2-3 pm. Trinity Lutheran Church. 10407 100 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2M2

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What if the boy is going into grade 3 (in September) or higher and wants to join the Boys’ Choir?

Simply call the director at 780-402-0153 to set up an audition. Please leave a message if there is no answer. The Director may invite them to attend the Open House with the grade 2 boys, or have a private audition.

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What should the boys expect at a private audition?

Mrs. Pernal, the Director, will ask the boy a few questions to make him comfortable, give them something to read in English and do a simple audition. They will be notified in a few weeks as to which level they can join, or if they should try again next year.

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When are the audition dates for a boy who is going into grade 3 or higher?

Please call the director and set up a private appointment. (780-402-0153). Please leave a message if there is no answer.

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What are the various levels in the choir?

The levels are as follows:

• Kodaly – Grade 1

• Prep Choir – Grade 2/3

• Junior Choir – Grade 3, 4, 5 and sometimes 6

• Senior choir – Grade 6, 7, 8, 9,

• Men of Note – Grade 10 to two years past high school

• Continuum of Men – Graduates of the program, aged 20 and up.

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How many children are in each level?

• Kodaly – 20 maximum

• Prep Choir – 14 maximum

• Junior Choir – 30 - 36

• Senior Choir – 35 – 40

• Voice Changers – 7 – 14 maximum

• Men of Note – 30 – 35

• Continuum of Men – no limit

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What are Small Groups?

Boys in the Prep, Junior, and Senior are divided into small groups of 7 and they have a small group voice lesson each week at Jeannie Pernal’s studio, 9631 -88th Ave for one hour. The Voice Changers are all together in a small group and they have a small group voice lesson at St. Gerard’s School for one hour.

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Do the Men of Note and Continuum of Men have small group voice lessons?

No.

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When do the Small Groups meet?

• The Prep Small Groups meet on Mondays. Either from 1-2, or 2-3 pm.

• The Junior and Senior small groups meet at various times on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays.

• The Voice Changers meet Thursday evenings from 7:15 – 8:15 or until 8:45 if there is a drama practise.

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So the boys miss school?

Some of the boys miss school, depending on their level in the choir. Generally, the older the boy, the later in the day the class occurs, therefor not missing school. The choir director has an exceptional relationship with all the schools in GP and this has been their rehearsal tradition for over 15 years.

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What is Large Group?

The Junior, Seniors plus Voice Changers are formed into larger groups or a choir, and they rehearse twice a month for 1 ¼ hours, on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 7:15 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10407, 100 St. Grande Prairie.

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Do the Preps form a large group on Monday evenings?

No. The two Prep classes join together for one or two rehearsals closer to the concert. They will come at a special time.

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How many concerts do you perform a year?

The GPBC produces an annual Christmas Concert, which is repeated three times. There is the annual Spring Concert, which is repeated twice. There is the annual Symphony and Singing Concert, which is performed once. There may be special guest appearances at separate events.

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How long is your season?

Our season runs from September to early May. We generally have 4 weeks off in December, immediately after our Christmas performance until school starts again in January. If it is a travel year, there may be extra rehearsals in June.

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How much is tuition?

Program fees are comparable to Music for Young Children classes. 

Fees are from September - May.

Kodaly:    $60/month

Preps:      $68/month

Juniors:   $78/month (this includes theory and drama classes)

Seniors:  $73/month

Voice Changers: $73/month

Men of Note:      $73/month