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.
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.
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“My involvement with Girl Choir was the single most defining experience of my youth. I would not be who I am today—as a community member, as a teacher, as a musician—without my experience in Girl Choir. It showed me what can happen when you intentionally create a space that fosters connection, growth, and learning.”
– Allison Shinnick, Girl Choir alum (10 years)
The Girl Choir program is made up of six auditioned choirs for students in grades 3-12. Click on the choir names below for more information on each choir.
2022-23 Auditions and Registration
- Fall audition requests are open! Visit our Auditions page for more information and sign-up.
- Registration is open for our Alums' Choir! Visit the Alums' Choir page for more information and sign-up.
- At this time, our Ragazze training choir is not being offered. We encourage students in grades 3 and 4 to audition for Primo and students in grade 5 to audition for Allegretto.