Choir auditions for the 2020-2021 season enrollment are being held now. To schedule an audition click here to fill out and submit the online audition application. Our Executive Director, Dr. Anna Krendel will contact you to schedule a vocal assessment for your child.
At this time we are holding auditions via video submission.
Boys and girls ages 7-18, who love music and singing are encouraged to audition to join our vocal music classes for kids.
We are looking for students who have musical potential, are passionate about singing, and are eager to learn and be a part of a great team. No previous choir experience is needed.
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to...
Join one of our several children's and youth vocal ensembles, based on their age and experience.
Study music with our exceptional faculty, dedicated to the development of each child's artistic potential in an encouraging, supportive environment.
Sing outstanding choral repertoire with other talented young people, who share their passion for music and singing in perfect harmony.
Learn to sing, develop their voices, gain performance skills and experience.
Acquire and expand musicianship and music reading skills.
Perform with professional musicians, artists, choirs, and orchestras.
Record at LA's top recording studios.
Represent Los Angeles and the US on domestic and international tours.
Sing songs of various genres and styles, in many different languages.
Have fun singing, enjoy making music at a professional level.
Make new friends and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
Serve the community through charitable performances and events.
Are you homeschooling your child? MUSYCA Children's Choir is an authorized music education provider for the home school community and an approved vendor for the Sage Oak Charter School, Sky Mountain, iLEAD Schools, Excel Academy of Arts and Sciences and SCVi.
We provide group and private voice lessons, music theory classes, recorder instruction, piano lessons, violin lessons, ukulele and guitar music classes to children and youth under the guidance of our exceptional faculty.
During COVID-19 pandemic we offer vocal and instrumental music education to children and youth via online classes, virtual activities, and performances. While our in-person concerts have been postponed due to social distancing, we are creating and sharing virtual choir performances for the community, available online.
Voice Lessons for Children
Teaching children to sing beautifully is our specialty
MUSYCA choristers receive outstanding vocal instruction, as they study and perform musical repertoire consisting of high-quality, age-appropriate vocal music for young people, varied in style, time period and character; accompanied and a cappella.
Each choral rehearsal is a singing lesson, where the children work on the following vocal performance skills:
Healthy vocal production: The children learn to use diaphragmatic breathing, which will support the tone and keep the vocal instrument strain-free and healthy. Correct sitting and standing postures will be taught and reinforced through a variety of fun, age-appropriate activities.
Breath Control for singing is taught through a variety of activities -- stretches, exercises, and analogies. The students are taught to use diaphragmatic vs. clavicular breathing for singing.
Learning the correct Pitches and Rhythms: Musicianship classes, with focus on music theory, sight reading and aural perception, are at the core of our curriculum. The younger students learn new repertoire by rote, while rudiments of sight-singing are incorporated through use of Kodaly system. The director and the pianist will provide the appropriate model for the children to learn the music, using creative ways to facilitate students’ learning through repetition.
Singing with correct intonation: The students sing major and minor scales, the whole tone and chromatic scales, identify and intonate the leading tones, as well as ascending and descending intervals. To facilitate singing in tune, the students are provided with the rehearsal and acoustical environment conducive to healthy, free tone production.
Sing with uniform vowel sounds: The students learn to identify the correct vowel shapes through a variety of activities, and apply this knowledge to singing the repertoire.
Diction: The students are taught to understand and communicate the meaning of the text in the repertoire. Repertoire of songs in English and in foreign languages is studied each season. Through a variety of activities the singers will understand function of vowels as carriers of sound, and the consonants as articulators. The director will model clear singer’s diction for the choir. Native speakers and experts, when available, will be called upon to present foreign language texts to the children.
Precision: Students learn to internalize the rhythmic motion of the music by using subdivision and finding the smallest possible units of beat. How to start and end the piece together with the ensemble will be taught. The students will be taught to understand the conducting gestures, and how to follow them. The singers’ assigned placement will enable them to hear each other and see the conductor.
Blend in the ensemble is achieved by unification of the vowel sounds and correct student placement within the choir. Balance in the sound of the choir will be assured by correct division of the students into appropriate vocal parts (Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto), based on the auditions. Part placement will be re-evaluated later in the year and adjusted, if necessary.
Phrasing, Style, and Interpretation are important parts of the learning process. The choir will strive to achieve high-level authentic, artistic performances. The singers will develop different models of the choral sound for specific historical music periods and musical styles within these periods. Collaborations with contemporary musical artists and composers and world premieres of new music are the essential components of MUSYCA experience. The children evaluate performances of their peers and other choirs through participation in festivals and friendship concerts.