CYC utilizes a curriculum that focuses on the whole artist and artistic experience. The music we study and perform includes a broad depth of repertoire, spanning historical eras from Renaissance to modern day and different styles from Gospel & Jazz to oratorio & art song literature. Emphasis is made on the connection of words to music and how together they express human emotion and ideas.
Training the young singer to use healthy vocal production is at the heart of CYC instruction. Learning to produce a consistent core sound filled with resonance, projection, and beautiful tone will be emphasized. Young singers will also learn to develop strong breath management to support their singing voice. For all singers, but particularly the boys, the changing voice will be addressed.
Training literate musicians is particularly important to us. We teach sight-singing skills, the International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A.), Kodaly solfege syllables, rhythm syllables, and Curwin handsigns. We want our singers to be able to pick up a piece of music, understand all the symbols on the page, and translate the notation into accurate vocal production. To help develop these skills, music theory is taught using the choral-centered “A Young Singer’s Journey” music theory series. Singers complete one level of theory per year in the choir.
Above all else, we hope our singers find an appreciation of the beauty in poetry and melody. By forming a community of other like-minded young artists, we strive to make the CYC a wonderful, joyful place for exploration and belief in the arts.