First Colony Homeschool Ensembles

Choral, Handbell, Instrumental Classes for Home-Educated Students

Treble Choir

The Treble Choir is a choral group for the elementary aged boy or girl. (Auditions are not required.) Through the use of games, activities, and singing we have fun while learning about music and how to sing. Although every effort is made to make learning fun, this is primarily a choral learning experience. The choir only performs two or three times a semester. Learning how to identify and begin note reading, rhythmic reading, using dynamics and singing musically are important musical concepts which are taught. Our repertoire, though varied and age appropriate, includes classical music, hymns, and anthems written for treble voices. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to experience the joy of music through active participation with other children.

Jubilate Chorale

The Jubilate Chorale is a chance for middle and high school students to come together and make music.  In this ensemble students will work hard to develop skills in reading music, singing technique, and choral discipline in a fun environment.  The spectrum of literature ranges from classical to current music including composers such as J.S. Bach and contemporary arrangers such as John Rutter and Tom Fettke.  While some of the music is challenging, the hard work is often rewarding, and we make sure that the learning process is always enjoyable.  Our goal is to remember that Christ is the reason that we sing, and we attempt to glorify Him through excellence in our music making.

Handbells

The Alleluia Ringers is an begining bell choir for students third grade and older who desire to ring handbells or who still need to develop their ringing and rhythmic sight-reading skills. Basic Handbell ringing techniques are introduced and rehearsed. Basic rhythmic drills are incorporated into the rehearsal to help teach and improve the ability to perform rhythmic ringing by sight instead of by rote. Ringers are taught to change bells as called for in the music and ringers are asked to change ringing assignments and positions depending on the requirements and challenges of each piece of music. Placement in the choir is at the discretion of the director. Individual handbell assignments are made according to musical ability and experience. Faithful and consistent attendance is expected from all ringers. Repertoire is made up of hymn arrangements, classical music arrangements, and music written especially for handbells.

Orchestra

Home schooled students may learn a musical instrument, but they often lack the opportunity to play in a group and the motivation that performance goals provide. It is our goal to meet those needs with the First Colony Homeschool Ensembles Orchestra. We are a performance oriented group and not intended to replace private instruction. We welcome string and wind instrumentalists with a broad range of playing skills, and we accept the challenge to make it a rewarding experience for all involved.