Director: Suzy Johnson
Arioso is our high school audition choir for ages 14 and up; this choir is under the direction of Suzy Johnson. Arioso regularly participates in the annual Southeastern Minnesota A cappella Festival. They were a featured choir at the 2014 Minnesota ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Choral Arts Finale festival concert at Orchestra Hall, the 2012 Minnesota ACDA state conference, and the 2009 Christmas concert with the Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble. Arioso does an annual tour of local retirement communities and has toured outside of Minnesota to perform and serve in Chicago (2013), St. Louis (2014), and Philadelphia (2016).
Director: Alissa Kludtke
Cantabile is our transition choir for students (boys and girls) ages 12 and up, this choir is under the direction of Alissa Kludtke. If your child is 11 and the director decides he/she might be ready enough to try singing with this group, she may allow it on a trial basis. This choir will include a wide variety of music that is more challenging than Con Brio, but not as difficult as Arioso. We will strive to cultivate an encouraging environment that focuses on learning about singing and music by doing just that—singing and making music. Though most of the singers will have higher (treble) voices, if a boy’s voice starts to change, he will be allowed to sing lower as needed. He may also sing for Suzy at this point of change and transition into Arioso as soon as it works out.
Director: Suzy Johnson
Con Brio is our non-auditioned choir for boys and girls ages 8 and up. This choir is under the direction of Suzy Johnson. Singers will sing a variety of songs in the November and February concerts. The choir presents a Biblically based musical drama every spring.
Director: Clavonne Holter
Staccato is a non-auditioned choir for boys and girls ages 5 through 7; this choir is under the direction of Clavonne Holter. Singers will participate in the November and March or April concerts, but they only rehearse for 6-8 weeks prior to these concerts. There is a limit of 30 participants, so make sure to register promptly!
Director: Kathy Lytle
Jubelante and Jubeling are the two handbell choirs who often open for the choir concerts; they are under the direction of Kathy Lytle. Handbells teach every skill that music offers: rhythm, reading music, instrument technique, and teamwork. We often make the analogy to the piano: you can no more pull out one ringer from a handbell team than you can pull 4 keys off the keyboard and hope to have a workable instrument. Commitment as a ringer is extremely important. Previous music experience is not required although new ringers are usually at least 8 years old.