In-person classes are back!
Welcome to the Fall Session of the 2021/2022 school year! The Empresa Performing Arts Foundation is thrilled to once again be able to offer weekly music instruction to every Empresa student! In addition, there are several optional musical groups for students to participate in. If you’ve been around Empresa for a while, you probably know all about how exciting these groups are. If you are new to Empresa, here’s a brief look at what we have to offer – click on a group name for more detailed information. A signup sheet is available on our forms page. And, don’t forget to read ALL THE WAY to the bottom of this page – there is information that we expect you to know as a prerequisite for participation in our groups.
Choir looks a bit different this year, so please read through all the information below.
Our choir has been split into two groups: K-2 and 3-5. The 3-5 group begins on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 – Final class on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021. This group meets every Tuesday from 2:20 pm to 3 pm. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.
The K-2 group begins on Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 – Final class on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021. This group meets every Wednesday from 2:20 pm to 3 pm. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.
IMPORTANT !!! If you’ve signed up, come to the first rehearsal unless you hear otherwise! Students will learn the fundamentals of singing in a group in unison and in harmony.
Begins on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 – Final class on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 – If you’ve signed up, come to the first rehearsal unless you hear otherwise! This group is open to students in grades 3 through 5. It meets every Tuesday, before school from 7 am to 7:40 am in the Music Room. Students will reinforce basic notation reading skills, listening skills, and both solo and group improvisation skills. The first 16 students to sign up will be enrolled.
The Castle Wind Ensemble (BAND)
Begins on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021- Final class on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 – If you’ve signed up, come to the first rehearsal unless you hear otherwise! This group is open to students in grades 4 and 5. This class meets every Wednesday, before school from 7 am to 7:40 am. Students can choose to learn flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, or trombone. Enrollment is limited to 16 for the group. We will have instruments for students to borrow, however, availability is limited so get signed up ASAP.
Begins on Monday, September 13th, 2021 – Final class on Monday, December 6th, 2021 – If you’ve signed up, come to the first rehearsal unless you hear otherwise! This group is open to students in grade 5 only. It meets every Monday, before school from 7 am to 7:40 am. Students will learn the beginning fundamentals of guitar including rhythm (chording) and lead (melodic) playing. The first 16 students to sign up will be enrolled. We do have a limited number of guitars available for student use – click “The Guitar Guard” for details.
Bardic Inspiration Songwriting Club
Begins on Thursday, September 9th, 2021 – Final class on Thursday, December 9th, 2021 – If you’ve signed up, come to the first class unless you hear otherwise! This group is open to students in grades 3 through 5 only. It meets every Thursday from 7 am to 7:40 am on Zoom. Students will learn the beginning fundamentals of songwriting including form, melody, and chord progressions. The first 16 students to sign up will be enrolled.
The Royal Court Singers promises to be an exciting challenge. This group is open to students in grades 4 & 5 only. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 30st immediately following dismissal. The results of the auditions will be given to students by Tuesday, September 7th. The first official meeting will take place on Monday, September 13th, and will continue every Monday from 1 pm to 2 pm. Students will be held to a higher standard of performance and discipline. You can find an audition signup sheet here.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING
The cost to participate in these groups is 60 dollars per student per group. This covers the first half of the school year – what a bargain! There are additional materials costs associated with band and guitar class – the additional 15.00 covers the book that we use.
You will be asked to sign a release allowing us to use photos/videos of your student in our promotional and fund raising materials as a condition of participation.
Being on time every time for these groups is EXTREMELY important. This means students should be ready to enter the Music Room or MPR one minute prior to the start time for EVERY session. Being on time is part of your student’s commitment to the group, and they are dependent on you, their parent or guardian, to have them there on time. Please be sure that you are able to fulfill this requirement before enrolling.
Participation in scheduled performances is also a requirement of the group. Every effort will be made to schedule our major events well in advance so that conflicts can be resolved. Please keep in mind that performing with a group is the harvest of the fruit nurtured in rehearsals and is a CRUCIAL part of the educational process. We realize that conflicts with sports/dance/etc. are inevitable, but we are asking that you give our groups priority for the few scheduled performances over sports, etc. when you sign up so that ALL of our students can receive the maximum benefit. We are the only elementary school in our district that is able to offer a broad-spectrum program like this thanks to your support.
We need to be clear that we do not want our fee schedule to prevent anyone from participating in these groups. Scholarships and/or payment plans will be made available to students on a case by case basis. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact us to discuss the matter further.
Once again we are thrilled to be able to provide these opportunities for our students here at Empresa. You can support us by donating and/or volunteering – email us for more information about your Empresa Performing Arts Foundation and to find out why… EMPRESA ROCKS !