Parent Information for City of Palms Youth Choir
The City of Palms Youth Choir, an educational outreach of the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, held its first auditions during the summer of 2016. CPYC has performed several world premieres of contemporary choral works, including a composition commissioned solely for the CPYC (Thomas LaVoy). The choir has received invitations to perform nationally and internationally. Our concert schedule reflects choristers’ feedback and their desire to experience multiple genres. We have included opportunities to sing more diverse repertoires and partner with organizations that are aligned with CPYC’s mission.
CPYC is facilitated by an Advisory Board that meets throughout the year. We are seeking additional members for the Board who share a common love of the arts and will actively promote the City of Palms Youth Choir. Parents, community & business leaders are welcome. Please contact us.
- Weekly rehearsals provide the foundation, technique and performance skills required. Text or call Matt if your chorister will NOT be at rehearsal.
- Everyone’s voices together create the tapestry that becomes the performance. While we know that other extracurricular activities may overlap, your chorister’s attendance at every rehearsal and performance is important.
- Because CPYC meets only once a week, it is important for choristers to practice their music using the web links provided.
Practices are held at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 10051 Plantation Road, near Colonial Blvd. The Children’s Choir meets from 6:00-7:00 PM; the Concert Choir meets from 7:15-8:30 PM. Weekly practices help build the camaraderie of the group while primarily fleshing out the nuances of each choral work they will perform. We know that our choristers are involved in multiple activities that can result in schedule conflicts. Let Matt know of any conflicts as soon as possible. We are often able to collaborate with teachers/directors to maximize your time and still meet expectations of both groups
Choristers should wear comfortable clothing, appropriate (respectful) for church, to weekly practices. Appropriate means no short shorts, tanks, tube tops, muscle shirts or midriff tops.
>>>Remember to bring: black music folder, pencil, water bottle (with secure lid).
We do ask that each chorister and parent make sure to collect all of their belongings after each rehearsal. New Hope is providing their facilities at no charge to us. We want to be good stewards of that gift.
Parents are welcome to stay during rehearsals. For this to be a successful partnership we invite you to: bring a good book to read; catch up on social media (on silent mode) and/or listen to the children rehearse. We ask that you:
- sit toward the back of the sanctuary
- keep phones on silent mode and take any calls outside the rehearsal area
- observe a “silence please” atmosphere while in the sanctuary – parents who wish to get acquainted are invited to join us in the narthex, outside the rehearsal area
- young siblings are welcome to observe; we always encourage reading while waiting!
- prompt arrival and pick-up times are important; children not in rehearsal after 7:00 PM are not supervised.
- The Concert Choir UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS
WOMEN - Dress available at www.stageaccents.com: “Amelie #8595" style, black dress shoes with no more than 1” heel. Be sure to order the pearl necklace if you do not have one. Contact Stage Accents at 1-800-631-1611 to ask for the Amelie. If there are none left in your daughter’s size, you may also order the Savannah, which is a similar style. Consult the chart on their website for sizing information.
MEN - Full black tuxedo: Jacket, pants, bow tie, cummerbund, white wing-tip, pleated shirt, black socks, black dress shoes
- CHILDREN’S CHOIR UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS
GIRLS - black slacks or black skirts (skirts must be knee-length, tea length or maxi; skirts above the knee will not be approved), white blouses; no scarves or neckwear, including vests; black dress shoes with no more than 1" heel. We have pictures we can show you for clarification.
BOYS - Black slacks and white dress shirt, long or short sleeve. Tuxedos are not required.
Both young ladies and gentlemen should have their hair away from their faces, neatly groomed.
Concerts & Ticketing:
Realizing that many of our choristers are also members of children’s theater, local theater productions and school activities, our Artistic Director (Matt Koller) has scheduled concerts/performances throughout our season (August – April) with as few overlaps with community & school events as possible. The youth choir looks forward to performing with its adult counterpart, the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, during the concert season. This year we will perform with the Mastersingers at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra in December. This concert will require ticketing for families who wish to attend. Otherwise, our concerts are free of charge with the opportunity for freewill offerings during the performances.
Due to the popularity of CABARET lastyear we are planning an encore of this showcase of talent in early November. Choristers are encouraged to submit requests to perform at Cabaret. Your help in promoting & supporting the event through program ad sales and ticket sales is appreciated. Tickets are available online and at rehearsals.
Most of our concerts are already online, on the Calendar page. Should additional performance opportunities arise that would benefit the choir, we will advise families as soon as information is confirmed.
Music is assigned to each chorister and is part of their responsibility throughout the season. From time to time, new music will be distributed and music no longer performed will be collected. Parents and choristers are responsible for returning music when requested. CPYC reserves the right to assess a lost music fee when appropriate. Music should be organized in a black, 3-ring binder or music folio. Students are encouraged to “tab” their music for quick access during rehearsals. Pencil markings as given by the Director are permissible.