Tutor: Karen Bjorlin
|Length: Full Year course with the option of adding at semester||Class Period: Thursday, period 4|
Description: In this challenging, dynamic choir, students will learn how to sing genuinely and with passion, freedom, and strength. We focus on proper vocal technique while learning the importance of giving an entertaining performance. We aim to broaden students’ experiences by studying and singing from many musical genres: classical to contemporary, madrigal to Broadway. This class is taught at a high school level and we perform 6-8 songs in each concert and all are memorized. We utilize 3, 4, and 5 part harmonies, and sometimes even sing in a foreign language. We will also discuss how to take the gifts God had given us and lay them at the foot of the cross to be used for His glory and have fun doing it! The audience will be asking for an “Encore!”
Encore! will perform at both the Christmas and Spring CHAT Showcase performances. ($5 has been added to the cost of the class to help cover performance expenses.)
The Christmas Celebration date is Thursday, December 14, 2019. The Spring Showcase is Monday, May 11, 2020.
Note: 7th graders are eligible for this class with permission from Mrs. Bjorlin. Please check with her before signing a 7th grader up for this class.
Vocal coach/director: Karen Bjorlin started her singing career with a solo in church at age 3, and her love of music grew from there. Singing in church became a mainstay and a springboard to many vocal opportunities including musical theater. She also performed in a contemporary Christian band,Steadfast. Having over 5 years experience of being a worship leader at several different churches has given her a solid foundation of worship leading styles and techniques. She has also been a worship team leader and section leader in the Westwood Worship Choir and a sectional leader in the Grace Chapel choir. Karen enjoys working with children and youth and has taught singing to students ages preschool to adult. She was the vocal director for Southwest Christian High School’s 2006 performance of The Sound of Music. She was also the vocal director for WATCH (Westwood Arts and Theater Company for Him) and has directed the music for 10 musical productions including Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Pilgrim, and Acts – A City Rising. Karen has had 11 years private piano and 4 years of private vocal training. She has also studied music at MacPhail Center for Music in Mpls. This will be her 7th year directing choir at CHAT. She has four children, all home educated, and all graduated from high school.
Cost: $225 per semester
Level: Grades 8-12 or tutor approval
Prerequisite: Ability to carry a tune
Homework: Approx. 1/2 hour everyday practicing with tracks on the website to learn parts and memorize lyrics
Text & Supplies: The cost of the music is included in the price of the class (above). An Encore! three ring binder will be handed out the first day of class with new music being handed out each week as new songs are introduced.