Lawrence Community Girl Choir: Where Girls Find Their Voice
The Lawrence Community Girl Choir program is the only non-profit girl choir in the Fox Valley region. Through the study and performance of diverse repertoire for treble singers, the Lawrence Community Girl Choirs model curiosity, compassion, creativity, and collaboration. Singers learn to respect the uniqueness of all people, to take risks that foster individual growth, and to find their voice as they grow into confident adults.
Each choir will have unique opportunities in this online format; some of these include a group songwriting workshop with a nationally known composer (with a "virtual choir" performance of our composition), exchanges with other girl choirs in different parts of the country, and workshops and clinics with nationally-known choral educators. We will spend more time learning about the female voice change, sharpen our musicianship skills, discuss and explore musical scores, and yes - we'll still sing!
In a typical year, approximately 300 singers who identify as female are enrolled in the Girl Choir program. They represent more than 50 schools throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Singers are expected to participate in their school music program; Girl Choir should not substitute for curricular music class.
The Girl Choir program gives four public performances annually, held in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel in December and March. Older choirs enjoy additional performances in the wider community and with other youth ensembles as opportunities arise. Past experiences have included exchanges with children’s choirs in Minneapolis, Rochester, Chicago, and Madison. Girl Choirs have been guest artists on local performances with newVoices (formerly White Heron Chorale), Fox Valley Symphony, Fox Valley Youth Symphony, Makaroff Youth Ballet, Appleton Boychoir, Lawrence University choirs and orchestra, Fox Valleyaires, and Monteverdi Chorale (Stevens Point). Girl Choirs have appeared on Wisconsin Public Television, were featured in the grand opening of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, sang for the Governor’s Cultural Congress, performed at “The Event” of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, and were invited to represent Fox Cities youth at the Governor’s Inaugural Kids’ Gala with a performance. Girl Choirs have been selected, by anonymous audition, to perform at state and regional conferences of music educators and earned second place in the national American Prize competition.
Click here to learn more about the history of the Girl Choir program.
Girl Choir teacher-conductors are trained in vocal development and teach singers how to use their voices in an efficient and healthy manner. The curriculum for the Girl Choir program is based on the philosophy of music educator Zoltan Kodály, who believed in using the best quality age-appropriate music for children. The curriculum is also strongly based on the principles of the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) Project, which stresses the thorough understanding of a musical selection while creating a personal and emotional response to the music. Finally, our conductors are all trained in vocal pedagogy to ensure healthy vocal production before, during, and after the voice change. Rehearsals are the heart of the Girl Choir program and enable girls to notice, wonder, discuss, learn, create, and sing as individual members of one community.
The Girl Choir program is made up of seven choirs: six auditioned choirs for students in grades 3-12 and one non-auditioned training choir for students in grades 3-5. Click on the choir names below for more information on each choir.
Auditions and Registration
Auditions for all choirs (except Ragazze) are held in April for the following academic year. Registration in an Community Music School program indicates understanding and acceptance of our guidelines.
Audition requests are closedfor the 2020-21 season of Girl Choir.
Click here for general audition information.
Ragazze will not take place during the 2020-21 academic year.
Please fill out our interest form to receive registration information in the spring.