The American Kodály Children’s Chorus

Overview | Class Descriptions | How to Join | Faculty | Fees & Payment | Contact

The American Kodály Children’s Chorus at Bryn Mawr is dedicated to offering all boys and girls ages 5-18 in the greater Baltimore area access to high quality music training in a nurturing environment.

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Students do not need to be enrolled at Bryn Mawr to join. The chorus strives for excellence by providing students with:

  • Vocal pedagogy-based choral and solo singing instruction
  • Kodály method and play-based musicianship coursework
  • Local, regional, and international performance opportunities

Choristers learn to sing, read, and write music through engagement with a diverse repertoire of classical, spiritual, and folk music from many traditions. The unique rehearsal and classroom environments offer an enriched learning environment and opportunities for positive social interaction with peers.

Class Descriptions and Schedules

  • Cantus

    Training choir with local performance opportunities. Each choir rehearsal is accompanied by one musicianship class. Students are placed in classes according to skill level.

    Schedule: Meets on Tuesdays
    5:00-6:15 p.m.: Choir rehearsal
    6:15-7:15 p.m.: Musicianship Class

  • Concert Choir

    Touring choir. Each choir rehearsal is accompanied by one musicianship class. Students are placed in classes according to skill level.

    Schedule: Meets on Tuesdays
    6:00-7:30 p.m.: Choir rehearsal
    7:30-8:30 p.m.: Musicianship Class

    Classes for both choirs begin Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and end Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

How to Join

  1. Interview to be part of the chorus
    Each student will need to set up an interview in order to be placed appropriately in the musicianship classes and choruses. Interviews will be conducted by Dr. Alyson Shirk and will last 30-45 minutes. Be prepared to sing a song of choice and play musical games to determine placement.
    To schedule an interview, contact Dr. Shirk at alyson.akchildrenschorus@brynmawrschool.org. Acceptances with chorus and class placement information will be emailed following the interview.
  2. Complete Registration
    Download and complete registration forms (see Registration Forms in top right corner)
    Return form with payment to:
    Jacyln Orchard
    Bryn Mawr Music School
    109 W. Melrose Ave
    Baltimore, MD 21210.

Faculty

Dr. Alyson Shirk
Director of Music

Dr. Alyson Shirk serves as Director of Music for The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her doctorate in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2009, where she was awarded the Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award for excellence in scholarship for her dissertation “Mad Women in Opera: An Investigation of Madness and Selected Mad Scenes for Soprano." In 2009, Shirk taught master classes and performed the Brahms’ Requiem with the Ho Chi Minh Symphony Orchestra in Vietnam. In 2010, she studied and performed the music of Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Shirk is the Artistic Director for the American Kodály Children’s Chorus, in residence at Bryn Mawr. Her Bryn Mawr and Children’s Chorus choirs have performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The US State Department, and The Blair House. Shirk conducted children from the Children's Chorus of Maryland on a tour to Budapest, Hungary in July 2013, where they were keynote performers at the Kodály Institute's Seminar at the International Kodály Symposium opening concert. In addition to her work at Bryn Mawr, Shirk is a frequent choral clinician, adjudicator, and master class teacher.

Suzannah Norris teaches pre-K through 8th grade general music at Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke’s School in Baltimore, Maryland. She also teaches Music Together® classes for young children and their families at the Abbott Center for the Arts. Norris earned a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Eastern University. She received a master's degree in music education with Kodály emphasis from Loyola University in 2010 and returned as a professor of Solfa levels I and III in 2012.

Jim Javorsky teaches music to students grades K-5 at Red Pump Elementary School in Harford County. He received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Voice from Ohio’s Bowling Green State University. In 2012, Jim received his master’s degree in Music Education from the American Kodály Institute at Loyola University, Maryland.

Fees and Payment

  • Cantus: $1100 (includes $100 materials and uniform fee)
  • Concert Choir: $1200 (includes $100 materials and uniform fee)

Cancellation/Refund Policy

A full refund, less $100 materials and uniform fee, will be granted for withdrawal until the first rehearsal is held. Refund requests must be submitted in writing to Dr. Alyson Shirk at alyson.akchildrenschorus@brynmawrschool.org. Once the first rehearsal is held, choristers will be considered fully enrolled.

Contact

Dr. Alyson Shirk, Director of Music
The Bryn Mawr School
alyson.akchildrenschorus@brynmawrschool.org
410-323-8800 x1668

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