Conducted by Jennifer Call, Youth Choirs build healthy vocal technique in an encouraging and fun setting. Multiple ensembles are available for grades K-12; students sing with others of similar age and experience. At the earliest level, children build pitch matching, breathing and listening skills while older students begin to develop advanced expression and harmonic elements. Each rehearsal is designed to meet singers where they are and help them grow in voice, confidence and friendship. Youth Choirs are typically offered at CIM's University Circle campus and Shaker Heights location.

*Our ensembles are designed to offer high-quality instruction in the safest way possible, including virtually and using a hybrid format, as the situation requires.

Course Descriptions

These tailored courses will help young singers in kindergarten through 12th grade develop a foundation, explore artistic expression, and hone their skills and technique.

Children's Choir Level 1: Grades K-1

Children's Choir Level 1 singers develop foundational singing skills through age-appropriate choral repertoire and engaging activities. Children will build singing technique that incorporates head voice singing, breathing fundamentals and listening skills as well as musicianship elements of solfege, ear training, music literacy and ensemble skills. Performance opportunities will include a semester-end demonstration and occasional community engagement performances. Auditions are not required.

Children's Choir Level 2: Grades 2-4

Children's Choir Level 2 singers develop their voices through age-appropriate choral repertoire, chosen to simultaneously build voices and inspire musicianship. Music literacy is embedded into every rehearsal with concepts of harmony, rhythm and solfege. Healthy vocal technique is taught through fundamentals of breathing, tone development and listening skills. Elements of expression and performance practice are introduced at this level. Performance opportunities will include a semester-end demonstration as well as collaborative opportunities throughout the community. Auditions are not required. 

Children's Choir Level 3: Grades 5-9

Children's Choir Level 3 is designed for singers in grades 5-9 to learn and explore vocal production for their changing voices. Each rehearsal will incorporate concepts of vocal production, anatomy and physiology, as well as musicianship skills of sight reading, solfege training and notation. High-quality choral repertoire designed specifically for the changing voice will provide opportunities for artistic expression while building healthy singing technique. Singers will be nurtured through the voice transition period, experiencing positive, inspiring teaching techniques. Auditions are not required.

Advanced Chamber Choir: Grades 8-12

Advanced Chamber Choir focuses on advanced techniques in harmony, expression and listening and offers an introduction to a variety of repertoire representing different genres and periods. This ensemble will perform multiple times a semester and participate in collaborative opportunities throughout the community. The ensemble is for grades 8-12 by audition only, and offered at CIM’s University Circle campus.

Application & Auditions

Now accepting applications for Fall 2021!

Children's Choir (all levels)

Placement level is determined by age and ability. Auditions are not required for Children's Choir.

To apply for Children's Choir for Fall 2021, complete CIM's online application by August 1. Applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Questions? Get in touch with the Preparatory team at preparatory@cim.edu to learn more about Children's Choir!

Advanced Chamber Choir

To ensure the health and safety of our community, Fall 2021 Advanced Chamber Choir applicants will be scheduled for a live virtual audition. 

  • Interested applicants should apply online by May 15; applications received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Virtual auditions will be scheduled for one of the following dates: May 22, May 23 or May 25 
  • Applicants will be able to choose their audition date and time preference(s) within the application. Confirmation of the time and a link to access the virtual audition will be sent in advance 
  • We are expecting to host in-person rehearsals at CIM’s main campus for Fall 2021

Audition Requirements 

Virtual auditions will include:

  • A short interview with Jennifer Call, conductor of Youth Choirs
  • Vocalizing
  • Sight reading
  • Performance of one song of applicant's choice from classical, folk or musical theater genres; accompaniment optional, but encouraged

If you'd like to learn more about the audition process, please contact the Preparatory team at preparatory@cim.edu!

Additional Details

Rehearsal Schedules

Typically, all choirs are scheduled on Mondays and/or Saturdays. Specific times will be determined closer to the beginning of the Fall semester in August 2021.  

Please see below for the Spring 2019 in-person rehearsal schedule.

Children's Choir Level 1

Mondays | 5:30-6:15pm | First Unitarian Church, 21600 Shaker Blvd.

Children's Choir Level 2

There are two rehearsal options. Families can select one of the following rehearsal times.

Mondays | 6:30-7:15pm | First Unitarian Church, 21600 Shaker Blvd.

Saturdays | 10-10:45am | Main Campus, 11021 East Blvd.

Children's Choir Level 3

Mondays | 7:30-8:30pm | First Unitarian Church, 21600 Shaker Blvd. 

Advanced Chamber Choir

Saturdays | 1-2pm | Main Campus, 11021 East Blvd.