New Students Accepted Through January 23rd

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Our next rehearsal is January 23rd due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This is the last day to register for this semester. Rehearsals continue on Mondays (except Alpine School District holidays).

Tuition

TUITION FREE, thanks to the efforts of the Timpanogos Arts Foundation and the generous support of the American Fork PARC program.

Location

Thank you to Greenwood Elementary for hosting our rehearsals!

American Fork Children’s Choir

New students need to fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/PUs6UaQdqUxxYY612
Placement auditions are held your first day of rehearsal. Please plan to attend both choir’s rehearsals, from 3:50-5:30pm on your first day of rehearsal.
  • 3:50-4:45pm Concert Choir – Auditioned (Ages 8+)
  • 4:50-5:30pm Chimes & Voices Choir – Open Enrollment (Ages 7+)

Ukulele Youth Choir (Ages 10+)

New students need to fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/u6eEIWGv81Lja5a13
New students will be invited to an orientation that will take place from 9:30am to Noon on Saturday, January 21st.
  • Monday rehearsals are held from 3-3:45pm.

Questions

Please address any questions to the director at mryan@choirworks.com


NEW STUDENTS REGISTER FOR REHEARSALS BEGINNING JANUARY 9th

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Register for Ukulele Youth Choir, Concert Choir, or Chimes & Voices for rehearsals beginning January 9th, 2017 and continue on Mondays (except Alpine School District holidays).

Tuition

TUITION FREE, thanks to the efforts of the Timpanogos Arts Foundation and the generous support of the American Fork PARC program.

Location

Greenwood Elementary

American Fork Children’s Choir

New students need to fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/PUs6UaQdqUxxYY612
Placement auditions are held the first day of rehearsal. Please plan to attend both choir’s rehearsals, from 3:50-5:30pm on the first day of rehearsals.
  • 3:50-4:45pm Concert Choir – Auditioned (Ages 8+)
  • 4:50-5:30pm Chimes & Voices Choir – Open Enrollment (Ages 7+)

Ukulele Youth Choir (Ages 10+)

New students need to fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/u6eEIWGv81Lja5a13
New students will be invited to an orientation that will take place from 9:30am to Noon on Saturday, January 21st.
  • Monday rehearsals are held from 3-3:45pm.

Questions

Please address any questions to the director at mryan@choirworks.com


Merry Christmas! Stocking Stuffers. New Year Start Dates. Videos from our Christmas Concert.

Need something for the stocking? Think Uke.

Tickets to Ukulele Bootcamp with a FREE Eddy Finn Minnow Ukulele (only 17 available) are something you can print, fold and tuck into stocking to give the gift of music in the new year. This class is open to ages 10 through Adult and will be held Saturday, January 7th from 9:30-Noon at the Taylor Home Studio in American Fork. This is a perfect kickstart for students wanting to join the Ukulele Youth Choir or just learn for at home enjoyment. Full details at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2740174 (tickets should be available this evening).

New Year Start Dates

AFCC programs will begin again in the New Year on Monday, January 9th for Ukulele Youth Choir, Concert Choir and Chimes & Voices. Watch for additional info and registration information. We’ll accept new students at this time, so spread the word about our tuition-free programs. Those interested can contact ryan@choirworks.com or visit http://afcc.choirworks.com and subscribe to get registration announcements.

UFO HUM, our adult/teen ukulele performing ensemble will be accepting new members (advanced beginners to experienced players) for the Summer performance season for which rehearsals begin January 4th. Weekly group ukulele classes for beginners will also start at this time. Contact Ryan if interested.

Christmas Concert Videos

Here are some videos from our recent concert at the American Fork Library. Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!


Make-Up Choir Placements this Friday

It already looks like we’re going to have an awesome group of kids in the American Fork Children’s Choir this semester, but we will take new students through the month. If you missed Monday’s placement rehearsal for Concert Choir and Chimes & Voices, we’ll be having a make-up this Friday, 3:30pm at the director’s home studio: 856 N 350 W in American Fork. Just fill out the registration form before showing up: http://goo.gl/forms/PUs6UaQdqUxxYY612 and see http://afcc.choirworks.com/choirsbeginmondayaug22/ for details on times/location/etc..


Ukulele Youth Update

I just uploaded this video on ukulele anatomy that all the students should watch when they have a chance:

There are a few things that your children will need over time and since there is a great deal on a basic Snark Tuner on Amazon, I’d thought now would be a good time to send a message.

Sooner than later your child will need a tuner. Students should be tuning their ukulele every time they play. This is a great deal right now: http://amzn.to/2bGTg82 . Here is a video on using an electronic tuner:

Your child will also need a music stand. I highly suggest getting a sturdy stand (the wire stands have a tendency to drop music on the floor): http://amzn.to/2bOPiaP

Children will also need a strap of some kind. We will have a special ‘strap button party’ in September for anyone wishing to get five dollar strap buttons added to their ukulele (then they can use any strap they wish, even a bootlace or length of paracord).


A New Semester

I’m looking forward to our first rehearsal on Monday at our new location at Greenwood Elementary. I am so grateful to Principal Killpack for hosting us in this time of transition. Please park on the East side parking lot and enter directly into the auditorium via the doors on the East side of the building.

All children/youth will need music on Monday. Please visit http://afcc.choirworks.com/current-repertoire/ to download the PDF files and print. If possible, please put this music in a binder with your child’s name on it.

If you know anyone who would be interested in joining one or more of our programs, please share our info at http://afcc.choirworks.com/ ; we will accept new students through August and possibly into September, depending on our numbers on Monday.

Upcoming: Our ‘Halloween’ performance is scheduled for 6pm, October 12th at Robinson Park (next to the AF Library). There will be food trucks there if you want to make it a dinner event for your family. Our ‘Christmas in the Rotunda’ concert will be 7pm, December 19th at the American Fork Library. Please reserve these dates.

If you haven’t registered yet, please see http://afcc.choirworks.com/choirsbeginmondayaug22/

Important Updates for Choirs Beginning Monday, Aug 22nd

Updates & Changes as of 8/19/16

  • LOCATION for rehearsals will be at GREENWOOD ELEMENTARY in American Fork (click link for a map). Please park on the East side parking lot and enter directly into the auditorium via the doors on the East side of the building. A BIG THANK YOU to Greenwood for hosting us in this time of transition.
  • We will accept new students through August.
  • If you have to miss placements on August 22nd for Concert Choir and Chimes & Voices, there will be a make-up placement at Ryan’s studio on Friday, August 26th at 3:30pm. Please contact him if you plan to attend at ryan@choirworks.com to get the address.
  • UKULELE YOUTH CHOIR will now accept students ages 9-17.

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  • NEW! Rehearsals for all AFCC programs (including Concert Choir, Chimes & Voices and Ukulele Youth Choir) begin on August 22nd and will be held in the AUDITORIUM/GYM at GREENWOOD ELEMENTARY.
  • All AFCC programs are TUITION FREE during the school year, thanks, in part, to a grant from the American Fork PARC program.
  • All AFCC programs require parents to print music (provided in PDF format) for rehearsals and at home use.
  • Music should be placed in a black binder for possible performance use (though memorization is the goal).
  • Rehearsals are generally on Mondays. However, when Monday holidays occur rehearsals will be rescheduled for another day of the week.
AFCC at Sing n Joy Friendship Concert (1)

The Ukulele Youth perform at the International Sing ‘n’ Joy Friendship Concert in Provo

3-3:45pm Ukulele Youth Choir

All students, both new and returning must fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/u6eEIWGv81Lja5a13

  • NEW! Students must be between 9-17 years of age.
  • A ukulele (needed for first rehearsal), ukulele strap, music stand and chromatic electronic tuner are required (but may be acquired later) for this choir. Contact ryan@choirworks.com if you need help finding these items.
  • Skills: Students should be able to number the fingers of their left hand appropriately as well as number the strings and the frets on their ukulele. Students should be able to demonstrate mastery of the following skills: fluid C & G7 chord transition, fluid F & C7 chord transition, confident basic down-up ‘chattanooga’ strum. Brand new ukulele students can pick up these skills at the . . .
  • NEW UKULELE YOUTH ORIENTATION on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10th (changed) from 1-4pm is REQUIRED for all new students (returning students may attend for a brush-up). It will walk through the above listed skills and offer help in any areas that require it.
AFCC at Sing n Joy Friendship Concert (5)

The combined choirs perform at the International Sing ‘n’ Joy Friendship Concert in Provo

3:50-4:45pm Concert Choir
4:50-5:30pm Chimes & Voices

All students, both new and returning must fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/PUs6UaQdqUxxYY612

Prospective students for either of these choirs should plan to attend 3:50-5:30pm on the first day of classes, August 22nd, for choir placement.

Concert Choir

  • Ages 8-17.
  • This choir focuses on rounds, two-part and three-part singing.

Chimes & Voices

  • Ages 7+ (students must be reading well on their own to thrive in this class).
  • This choir incorporates the use of hand chimes with singing. Other instruments may be used as well.
  • Students placed in this choir will need a music stand (so they can ring chimes and see their music at the same time).

Enroll Now for AFCC Programs Beginning August 22nd

Important Updates & Changes as of 8/19/16

  • LOCATION for rehearsals will be at GREENWOOD ELEMENTARY in American Fork (click link for a map). Please park on the East side parking lot and enter directly into the auditorium via the doors on the East side of the building.
  • We will accept new students through August.
  • If you have to miss placements on August 22nd for Concert Choir and Chimes & Voices, there will be a make-up placement at Ryan’s studio on Friday, August 26th at 3:30pm. Please contact him if you plan to attend at ryan@choirworks.com to get the address.
  • UKULELE YOUTH CHOIR will now accept students ages 9-17.

Program Details:PARC Logo - Funded In Part

  • NEW! Rehearsals for all AFCC programs (including Concert Choir, Chimes & Voices and Ukulele Youth Choir) begin on August 22nd and will be held in the AUDITORIUM/GYM at GREENWOOD ELEMENTARY.
  • All AFCC programs are TUITION FREE during the school year, thanks, in part, to a grant from the American Fork PARC program.
  • All AFCC programs require parents to print music (provided in PDF format) for rehearsals and at home use.
  • Music should be placed in a black binder for possible performance use (though memorization is the goal).
  • Rehearsals are generally on Mondays. However, when Monday holidays occur rehearsals will be rescheduled for another day of the week.
AFCC at Sing n Joy Friendship Concert (1)

The Ukulele Youth perform at the International Sing ‘n’ Joy Friendship Concert in Provo

3-3:45pm Ukulele Youth Choir

All students, both new and returning must fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/u6eEIWGv81Lja5a13

  • NEW! Students must be between 9-17 years of age.
  • A ukulele, ukulele strap, music stand and chromatic electronic tuner are required for this choir. Contact ryan@choirworks.com if you need help finding these items.
  • Skills: Students should be able to number the fingers of their left hand appropriately as well as number the strings and the frets on their ukulele. Students should be able to demonstrate mastery of the following skills: fluid C & G7 chord transition, fluid F & C7 chord transition, confident basic down-up ‘chattanooga’ strum.
  • NEW UKULELE YOUTH ORIENTATION on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3rd from 1-4pm is REQUIRED for all new students (returning students may attend for a brush-up). It will walk through the above listed skills and offer help in any areas that require it.
AFCC at Sing n Joy Friendship Concert (5)

The combined choirs perform at the International Sing ‘n’ Joy Friendship Concert in Provo

3:50-4:45pm Concert Choir
4:50-5:30pm Chimes & Voices

All students, both new and returning must fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/PUs6UaQdqUxxYY612

Prospective students for either of these choirs should plan to attend 3:50-5:30pm on the first day of classes, August 22nd, for choir placement.

Concert Choir

  • Ages 8-17.
  • This choir focuses on rounds, two-part and three-part singing.

Chimes & Voices

  • Ages 7+ (students must be reading well on their own to thrive in this class).
  • This choir incorporates the use of hand chimes with singing. Other instruments may be used as well.
  • Students placed in this choir will need a music stand (so they can ring chimes and see their music at the same time).

August Summer Camps
& Fall Enrollment

Send a message with the subject “AFCC” to mryan@choirworks.com to be added to the email announcement list for registration or subscribe to announcements on this site (see right-hand column).

End of Summer Camp

Ukulele Youth Camp

Register at http://goo.gl/forms/T9dIYcBOeHMdaCl53

  • Dates: Monday-Wednesday-Friday, August 8, 10, 12, 15, 17 & 19
  • Time: 6:15-7:15pm
  • Location: AF Rec Center
  • Cost: $45. Full-tuition scholarships for all children enrolling any one or more of the American Fork Children’s Choir programs Fall of 2016 (including Concert Choir, Chimes & Voices and/or Ukulele Youth Choir; see below).
  • This group will be preparing for a performance on August 27th at the Original Utah Uke Fest, now in it’s 5th year. Time: 12:15pm (at the Open Mic Picnic)
  • Ages 10-17

Fall Programs Begin August 22nd

Rehearsals for all AFCC programs (including Concert Choir, Chimes & Voices and Ukulele Youth Choir) begin on August 22nd.

Program Details:

General: All AFCC programs require parents to print music (provided in PDF format) for rehearsals and at home use and place this music in a black binder for possible performance use (though memorization is the goal). Rehearsals are generally on Mondays. However, when Monday holidays occur rehearsals will be rescheduled for another day of the week.

3-3:45pm Ukulele Youth Choir

All students, both new and returning must fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/u6eEIWGv81Lja5a13

  • Students must be between 10-17 years of age.
  • A ukulele, ukulele strap, music stand and chromatic electronic tuner are required for this choir. Ukuleles may be purchase through the choir at a discounted rate of $35 (Eddy Finn Minnow design). Strap buttons can be installed for $10 for use with any strap, bootlace or length of cord (or purchase a classical-style strap that does not require buttons). Chromatic tuners are available for $10. You may also choose to get these items at a local music store or online. Music stands are available at Best in Music on 800 N in Orem or on Amazon.
  • Skills: Students should be able to number the fingers of their left hand appropriately as well as number the strings and the frets on their ukulele. Students should be able to demonstrate mastery of the following skills: fluid C & G7 chord transition, fluid F & C7 chord transition, confident basic ‘chattanooga’ strum and a basic 1423 or 3241 fingerpicking pattern. These skills can be learned for free at the Ukulele Youth Camp running August 8-19th in American Fork (see details above) or at any of Ryan’s Ukulele Bootcamps taught at various locations. Students may also learn these skills on their own at http://powerup.ukuleleplay.com/
  • NEW UKULELE YOUTH ORIENTATION on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3rd from 1-3pm is REQUIRED for all new students. It will walk through the above listed skills and offer help in any areas that require it.

3:50-4:45pm Concert Choir

All students, both new and returning must fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/PUs6UaQdqUxxYY612

  • Ages 8-18.
  • This choir focuses on rounds, two-part and three-part singing.
  • Children/youth that have participated in this choir in the past are guaranteed a position in the choir.
  • New students are placed in Concert Choir or Chimes & Voices at a combined rehearsal from 3:50-5:30pm on August 22nd. Rehearsals begin/end at their regular times the following week.

4:50-5:30pm Chimes & Voices

All students, both new and returning must fill out this form to register: http://goo.gl/forms/PUs6UaQdqUxxYY612

  • Ages 7+ (students must be reading well on their own to thrive in this class).
  • This choir incorporates the use of hand chimes with singing. Other instruments may be used as well.
  • New students are placed in Concert Choir or Chimes & Voices at a combined rehearsal from 3:50-5:30pm on August 22nd. Rehearsals begin/end at their regular times the following week.
  • Students placed in this choir will need a music stand. Music stands are available at Best in Music on 800 N in Orem or on Amazon.

Performances

Dates for our Halloween and Veteran’s Day performances are TBD. Our annual Christmas in the Rotunda performance at the AF Library will take place the evening of December 19th at 7pm.