Beginning a Children’s Choir in Your Church or Community
One of the most wonderful gifts we can give young people is the opportunity to experience the joy of singing in a choir. In addition to exposing children to the finest choral music, and fostering their love of singing so that they will become singers for life, choral singing builds confidence, encourages teamwork, and helps children make a valuable contribution to worship by sharing their music in performance. This presentation addresses recruitment, rehearsal techniques, vocal exercises, repertoire selection, service/concert programming, organizational management, and educational resources.
Tamara Rozek is artistic director of the Sandpipers Seacoast Children’s Chorus, an auditioned treble chorus for ages seven through fifteen, widely recognized in the New Hampshire Seacoast Area for the performance and educational opportunities it provides. She is director of music ministry at Middle Street Baptist Church in Portsmouth, and has given organ recitals in the New Hampshire Seacoast Area, Boston, and Sydney, Australia. She holds a bachelor’s and masters in performance from the University of New Hampshire, studying organ with John Skelton, harpsichord with Peter Watchorn, and voice with Kathleen Wilson Spillane. She continued post-graduate keyboard studies with Peter Sykes and Amy Johansen, and singing and vocal pedagogy with Nancy Armstrong. She has sung with the Seraphim Singers and Boston Bach, is a teacher for the Young Organist Collaborative in New Hampshire, and has a private studio in piano, organ, and voice.