Sherwood Voices for the Performing Arts choirs and classes provide opportunity to grow and develop skills in music and dance. Singers will be taught healthy vocal technique and diction, develop skills in solfege, rhythm, ear training, sight singing, and singing in harmony. A range of literature will be explored including art songs, folk songs and spirituals, holiday, pop and Musical Theatre. Sacred and secular music selections may be performed. Dancers will learn choreography and technique in a variety of styles, with an emphasis on styles used in musical theater. 

The Sherwood VPA program strives to offer:

  • a place for personal growth and learning in music and dance
  • a place to feel joy and satisfaction through personal and community artistic experiences, and
  • a place to belong and contribute in a positive social environment.

Beginning in October 2019, Sherwood VPA will offer the following:

Choirs

  • Kid Choir (K-2nd grade): This class will combine an introduction to choral singing and vocal skills with singing games, folk songs and musical activities designed to develop the ability to accurately match pitch, keep a steady beat and learn the fundamentals of musical terms and notation (45 minutes). Tues. 5:00-5:45 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $365/school year (Oct.-May). Instructor: Zane Morris.
  • Elementary Choir and Musicianship (3rd-6th grade): A two-part class combining 45 minutes of choral instruction with 45 minutes of theory and musicianship training.  Introduces choral singing, basic vocal skills, and some two-part harmony. (90 minutes) Concurrent enrollment with Elementary Dance is recommended. Tues. 4:00-5:45 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $475/school year (Oct.-May). Instructors: Karen Porter and Delyn Griffin. Note: 6th graders can choose if they prefer to be in Elementary Choir or one of the more advanced groups.
  • Notables Girls (6th grade and older): A two-part class combining 45 minutes of choral instruction with 45 minutes of theory and musicianship training. Develops vocal, harmonization and music-reading skills for older students (90 minutes). Tues. 3:15-4:55 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $475/school year (Oct.-May). Instructors: Karen Porter and Delyn Griffin. Instructor approval required.
  • Noteworthy Boys (6th grade and older): A two-part class combining 45 minutes of choral instruction with 45 minutes of theory and musicianship training. Develops vocal, harmonization and music-reading skills for older students (90 minutes). Tues. 3:15-4:55 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $475/school year (Oct.-May). Instructors: Zane Morris and Delyn Griffin. Instructor approval required.
  • Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble (9th-12th grade): Performs choral works of increasing difficulty for SATB voices in variety of different styles. Audition or instructor approval required (1 hour). Thurs. 3:15-4:10 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $365/school year (Oct.-May), $225/school year if the student is registered for another VPA class. Instructor: Dr. Michael Kissinger. Audition required.
  • Sherwood Chorale (Adults) is a community choir for adults of all ages. Previous choir experience recommended. Thurs. 7:00-8:30 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $25/dues per concert suggested. Instructors: Dr. Michael Kissinger and Dr. Maria Manzo.

Dance Classes

  • Elementary Dance (3th-6th grade): Introduction to broadway-style choreography and dance for younger students. (45 minutes) Concurrent enrollment with Elementary Choir is recommended. Tues. 3:15-4:00 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $365/school year (Oct.-May).  $225/school year if the student is registered for another VPA class. Instructor: Tara Porter.
  • Intermediate Dance (6th grade and older): Develops increasing skill in broadway-style dance through choreographed routines. (1 hour) Concurrent enrollment with Notables or Noteworthy is strongly recommended. Tues. 5:10-6:10 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $365/school year (Oct.-May).  $225/school year if the student is registered for another VPA class. Instructor: Tara Porter.  

Music Theory Classes

  • Intermediate Music Theory (Age 14 to adult): Instruction in musicianship skills and music theory, including intervals, key signatures, beginning harmony and chord progressions. (1 hour) Thurs. 4:15-5:10 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $365/school year (Oct.-May).  $225/school year if the student is registered for another VPA class. Instructor: Delyn Griffin or Dr. Michael Kissinger
  • Advanced Music Theory (Age 14 to adult): Instruction in music theory and musicianship skills designed to prepare for AP Music Theory test. (1 hour) Thurs. 4:15-5:10 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $365/school year (Oct.-May).  $225/school year if the student is registered for another VPA class. Instructor: Delyn Griffin or Dr. Michael Kissinger
  • Music Theory and Improv for Band (Age 14 to adult): Instruction in music theory and musicianship skills for band students, including developing skills in improvisation. (1 hour) Thurs. 5:15-6:10 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $365/school year (Oct.-May).  $225/school year if the student is registered for another VPA class. Instructor: Dr. Michael Kissinger

Performing Ensembles (Vocal and Dance)

  • VPA Performance Company (8th-12th grade) An auditioned group that focuses on Broadway and contemporary styles, performing choreographed routines involving both singing and dancing. (45 minutes vocal, 1 hour dance) Tues. 3:15-5:05 pm, Marjorie Stewart Community Center, $590/school year (Oct.-May). Instructors: Tara Porter and Zane Morris. Audition required.
  • VPA Ambassadors (9th-12th grade) An elite auditioned performing group of highly experienced singer/actor/dancers who represent the VPA through their performances to the community. Rehearsal time TBD. Student-led group. Audition required.

All classes meet on Tuesday or Thursday at the Marjorie Stewart Community Center in Sherwood. 

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