Elementary Choir (1st to 3rd grade)
Place: Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 308 Possum Park Road, Newark
Director: Lindsay Rhein (see biography below)
Rehearsal Day/Time: Monday Evenings, 6:30-7:45 (note: rehearsal will end earlier than the older choirs)
Date: Fall semester starts September 12, 2022
Registration Fee: $55.00/semester
After a vibrant new beginning last year reinstating the MSA Chorale and Concert choirs post-Covid, we are now looking to gauge interest in the Elementary Choir after a few years’ hiatus.
***Availability will be based on interest*** We need a minimum number of students to move forward, so please express your interest by completing the survey (see link below) or e-mail Barb Varnell at email@example.com or Lindsay Rhein at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Like our older choirs, the Elementary Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble. It will be open to all students in grades 1 through 3. We aim to equip these younger students with foundational singing skills and give them a love and appreciation for choral music. We will cover beginning aural skills training including solfege, some singing in parts, expression, foreign languages, and an emphasis on age-appropriate vocal technique. Students will be exposed to a variety of choral literature from different styles, periods, genres, and languages. There will be a concert at the end of each semester where the students will have the opportunity to share their musicality and achievements.
Students do NOT need to be enrolled in Mt. Sophia Academy in order to participate in the Elementary Choir.
If you have a child who enjoys singing and music, the Elementary Choir may be just what you’re looking for, and you’ll find the Monday evening practices are also a wonderful time for your son or daughter to make new friends!
* Lindsay Rhein graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a minor in Theater from Jacksonville State University in 2002. Her participation in the strong choral program at her childhood church from the age of 4 was foundational in developing her musical education and love for choral singing, and she continued to help lead the children’s choirs as a teen. At university, she was an active member of the concert choir and the more select JSU Chamber Singers. She served as section leader, was a member of the writing team for the choirs’ annual Medieval dinner theater and concert fundraiser, and served the community through the promotion and performance of Children’s Opera. Lindsay taught beginner piano lessons to both children and adults, continued to sing in area church choirs, and she was active in performing in both university and community musical theater. Upon graduation, her love for learning and reading in all the liberal arts led her to accept a job at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington as part of their publications arm, ISI Books. There she met her husband Paul, who continues to work for ISI, and when her oldest son was born, she left the publishing world to begin a career as a mother, homemaker, and home educator. She spent two years as part-time director of the children’s choir at St. Anthony of Padua grade school and assistant choir director at St. Anthony of Padua parish before giving birth to her second son. As the next five babies allowed, she participated in a variety of church music roles and choirs, and she was recently an assistant director for Pages Alive Theater until the arrival of baby #7. Currently, Lindsay serves as cantor at her home parish, St. Patrick’s in Wilmington. Lindsay has homeschooled her five boys and two girls exclusively and has a passion for promoting the educational philosophies of Charlotte Mason. She serves on the board for Mater Amabilis, a free Catholic Charlotte Mason curriculum, and loves introducing children to all the good, true, and beautiful things in God’s creation.