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Choir

John Varwig is the choir director for SCCHE’s Concert, Chamber and Cantando Choirs. John received his Bachelor degree in Music Education from Wheaton College and his Masters of Music with an emphasis in choral conducting from Webster University. He most recently taught the choir classes and music theory at Francis Howell Central High School. His choirs consistently received high ratings and a number of his students continued on to major in music degrees in college.

After retiring in 2011, John was hired and continues to direct the choir at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church. He also conducted the semi-professional choir Bella Voce of St. Louis for four years. One of John's consistent goals for all members of his choirs is that not only do we strive to reach our full potential, but also to stretch ourselves to see what we are truly capable of.

As a Christian, John seeks to instill in each member a true desire to worship the Lord through music and to grow in His ways.

 


 

Concert Choir

Age* 13 years old and older (by September 1, 2019)
MANDATORY
Choir Camp
Tuesday, 8/13/19
9:30 - 3:00 PM (lunch provided)
Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
Weekly Rehearsals Tuesdays, 8/20/19 thru 5/19/20   (OFF: 12/24/19, 12/31/19, 3/3/20)
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
Curriculum Goals Advanced vocal technique, use of the head voice/chest voice; more advanced music theory and harmony concepts, simple to advanced 4-6 part singing; discussion, practice, and performance of different style/periods of vocal music.
Girl Uniform Formal Fashions #9742AA: Performance Knit Blouse in black - $28 plus shipping.
Formal Fashions #504FAA: A-Line Skirt Floor Length in black - $28 plus shipping.
Boy Uniform Formal Fashions #2109BK: 3-PC Package with Dress Shirt, Pants and Tie in black - $42 plus shipping.
Learning Tracks Concert Choir Learning Tracks

 

Chamber Choir

Eligibility Girls in good standing who are actively enrolled in Concert Choir may audition for Chamber Choir during voice placement sessions with Mr. Varwig in the fall, spring, or at Mr. Varwig's discretion.
Weekly Rehearsals Tuesdays, 8/20/19 thru 5/19/20   (OFF: 12/24/19, 12/31/19, 3/3/20)
2:45 - 3:30 PM
Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
Choral Competition TBA - additional cost TBD
Chamber Uniform Formal Fashions #9792AA: Performance Knit Blouse in black - $31 plus shipping.
Formal Fashions #504FAA: A-Line Skirt Floor Length in black - $28 plus shipping.
Formal Fashions #B4703SL: Circle Brooch - $10 plus shipping.
Learning Tracks Chamber Choir Learning Tracks

 

Cantando Choir

Age* 8 to 12 years old (by September 1, 2019)
Weekly Rehearsals Tuesdays, 8/20/19 thru 5/19/20   (OFF: 12/24/19, 12/31/19, 3/3/20)
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
Curriculum Goals First semester: basic singing techniques, playing rhythm instruments, basic music theory, with an emphasis on rhythm and counting, rounds, partner songs, simple part-singing, and simple sight-singing, including introduction to solfege. Second semester: basic singing techniques, with more emphasis on breath support, music theory, with more advanced rhythms/counting, rounds, 3 part singing, advancing instruction in solfege.
Girl Uniform Formal Fashions #47N55AA: Princess-Style Dress with Empire Waist in black - $62 plus shipping.
Boy Uniform Formal Fashions #2109BK: 3-PC Package with Dress Shirt, Pants and Tie in black - $42 plus shipping.
Learning Tracks Cantando Choir Learning Tracks

 

*Students who will turn 13 during the school year and have siblings in Concert Choir –or– students who will turn 8 during the school year and have siblings in Cantando may request permission to enter Concert Choir or Cantando early, respectively. All age variances must be approved by Mr. Varwig who has the right to deny permission when he deems it appropriate. Age limits are strictly enforced for new students. Mr. Varwig will also, at his discretion, graduate certain Cantando students to Concert Choir based on their vocal maturity, skill, and ability.

 


 

What Choir Enrollment Means

When you enroll a child in choir, both you and your child are agreeing to the goals, rules, and work ethic of SCCHE. You and your child are also agreeing to the following as it pertains to choir:

  1. Commit to a full year of participation.
  2. Attend choir camp (Concert Choir only).
  3. Attend weekly rehearsals.
  4. Practice with learning tracks between rehearsals.
  5. Acquire and alter uniform (and costuming, as necessary) prior to performance.
  6. Participate in all performances.
  7. Pay all fees and tuition on time and in-full.

Attendance

  • Make every effort to have your child at all choir rehearsals and performances barring illness or emergency.
  • If your child must miss choir, contact Linette Nyberg via email or text prior to the absence (scchechoirs@gmail.com | 314-306-8342).
  • Three absences will result in your child being dismissed from the choir program for the duration of the school year.

Uniforms

  • New uniforms can be ordered in the fall through choir to save on shipping –or– directly from www.formalfashionsinc.com.
  • Choir uniforms are not optional. Substitutes are not allowed. Students who do not comply will not be allowed to sing in performances.
  • GIRLS: skirts/dresses should be hemmed to floor-length; black closed-toe dress shoes with a low or no heel and black hosiery are required; large necklaces and earrings, chokers, large and/or sparkly hair bows and headbands are not allowed.
  • BOYS: black belts, black socks, and black dress shoes are required. Athletic shoes and boots are not allowed.

Performances

  • December 17, 2019 - Fall Concert @ Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church
  • March 13-14, 2020 - Dessert or Dinner Theater (Cantando's participation TBD) @ Dardenne Presbyterian Church
  • May 19, 2020 - Spring Concert @ Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church

Fees and Tuition

  • Each family must be registered with SCCHE before signing a child up for choir.
  • A supply fee is due upon registration.
  • Tuition is due the first rehearsal of each month from August through March (8 payments).
  • Payments can be made online via PayPal -or- during rehearsals if cash/check is preferred.
  • Dessert and Dinner Theaters are ticketed events for all, including parents.
  • Dessert and Dinner Theaters may require costumes and props at an additional minimal cost.

 


 

Questions?

Linette Nyberg
SCCHE Choir Coordinator
scchechoirs@gmail.com
314-306-8342 (call/text)