Parents

Dear Parents,
We are so glad you and your children have made the decision to be a part of the NJSCC family! Here you will find all of the information, forms, and documents you might need in the coming season. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know—we’re only an email or a phone call away.
Sincerely,
The NJSCC Team
info@njstatechildrenschorus.org
(201) 746-5722

Tuition & Fees

 

The tuition for the September – June season (approximately 40 weeks) is:

Apprentice Choir (grades K-2): $650

Intermediate Choir (grades 3-6): $750

A nonrefundable deposit of $50 along with the completed Registration Form is required by no later than June 15th to reserve a spot in the Chorus.  Because every singer is expected to fulfill his/her commitment for the entire season, the full tuition amount is due and payable even if a child does not complete the season.

Tuition for participation in either the Apprentice or Intermediate Choir covers all vocal instruction, rehearsals, music, staff, and applicable facility rental fees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

AUDITIONS

Is prior choral experience required for my child to audition?

Previous choral experience is not required. We invite and encourage any child interested in choral singing to audition for the chorus.

How are the children evaluated at the audition? Does my child need to prepare in advance?

The best way to help your child prepare is to talk through what will happen during their audition and decide together what song they might like to sing (note: children auditioning for the Apprentice Choir are not required to sing a prepared piece). Click here for more about what to expect for your child’s audition.

When and how will I be notified if my child has been accepted to the NJSCC?

You will be notified by email of your child’s status at the email address you provided on the audition form within three weeks of your child’s audition. You will then need to complete and submit the registration package along with the registration deposit by June 15 in order to reserve your child’s place in the chorus.

How many children will be accepted into each chorus?

For our 2017-2018 season, we will accept a maximum of 50 singers to each choir.

My child sings in another choir at church or school. Can (s)he still audition?

Absolutely! The NJSCC is designed to complement the experience that children receive in their school or church choirs. Any child able to commit to the NJSCC rehearsal and performance schedule may audition.

If my child becomes a chorus member this year, will (s)he need to audition again next year?

Yes. Returning members are auditioned each year so that the Artistic Director can assess vocal development from year to year.

FINANCIALS

What is the cost to join the NJSCC?

The tuition for the 2017-2018 Season (September 2017 through June 2018) is:

  • Apprentice Choir (grades K-2): $650
  • Intermediate Choir (grades 3-6): $750

A nonrefundable deposit of $100 along with the completed Registration Form is due no later than June 15th to reserve a place in the Chorus. Membership in the New Jersey State Children’s Chorus is a one-year commitment.

What does tuition for the NJSCC cover?

Tuition covers all vocal instruction, rehearsals, music, staff, and applicable facility rental fees.

Do NJSCC members receive individual singing lessons?

NJSCC members receive group vocal instruction during the course of their weekly rehearsals, learning healthy vocal technique, proper breathing and posture, and music fundamentals. One-on-one instruction is not currently included in NJSCC membership.

Do you offer a payment plan?

Details TBD

Are scholarships available?

Need-based partial scholarships are available. No child will be excluded from participation for financial reasons.

Are there any other costs in addition to the tuition?

Students will provide their own concert attire. Tickets to public performances for family and guests are not included in tuition.

REHEARSALS

When and where are rehearsals?

Rehearsals for both the Apprentice and Intermediate choirs will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 722 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 on Tuesday afternoons from September through June.  The Apprentice Choir rehearses from 4:00–5:00pm. The Intermediate Choir rehearses from 5:30–6:45pm.

Does a parent or guardian need to be present at rehearsals?

Parents and guardians are not expected to be present at weekly rehearsals. Each parent or guardian will be asked to stay to observe rehearsal a few times per season to assist the Artistic Director and Chorus Manager. In general, rehearsals are most productive when parents are not present in the rehearsal room, allowing our singers to better focus on the task at hand.

Are singers expected to practice outside of rehearsals?

Most singers will find their weekly rehearsal time sufficient to learn their music. Some singers may find that additional practice time outside of the rehearsal may occasionally be necessary, but it is not generally expected.

MUSIC & PERFORMANCES

What kinds of music does the NJSCC perform?

The NJSCC primarily performs music from the folk song and classical music canon. Music is selected for the appropriate vocal and musical development of our singers.

How many performances will be scheduled? Where will they take place?

The number of performances varies from year to year but will always include at least two public performances for family, friends, and guests. Additional performances may be scheduled with ample notice to parents and guardians. The biannual public performances will be held primarily in Bergen County.

Will my child have any solo performance opportunities?

Solo opportunities arise from time to time, but NJSCC members will primarily sing as part of their respective Choirs.

Will the chorus be taking any trips outside the immediate area to perform? If so, will there be additional costs?

There are currently no plans to travel outside of Bergen County for the 2017–2018 season  However, invitations to participate in various locations around the tristate will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. There will be no mandatory expenses associated with these trips outside of Bergen County.

HOW CAN I HELP?

I’d love to help! Will there be any opportunities for parent involvement?

When you register your child you will have an opportunity to volunteer for various committees and roles within the organization. Your help is needed and much appreciated!

Does the NJSCC accept donations?

Yes! Individual, Foundation, and Corporate contributions are vital for New Jersey State Children’s Chorus to further our mission. Click Here for more information on how you can contribute to NJSCC’s efforts.

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Contact Us

Email
info@njstatechildrenschorus.org

Phone
(201) 746-5722

Mailing Address
New Jersey State Children's Chorus
PO Box 525
Paramus, New Jersey 07653

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