choir program expanding!

September 6th, 2016

This fall colibrí children’s choir will add a Training Choir for first through fourth graders.  It will meet the hour before the Concert Choir and the two choirs will have a 20-minute joint rehearsal to learn a common repertoire.  We have had many requests in the past for a choir for younger singers.  Hopefully we’ll have lots of new singers as a result.

Auditions for new members in both the Training and Concert Choirs will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 am to noon at the McAllen Creative Incubator.

update on move to old McAllen Library building

April 17th, 2012

At a meeting with McAllen Chamber of Commerce leaders, tenants of the McAllen Creative Incubator learned that renovations to the old McAllen Library would take place over the summer.  Hopefully we’ll be ready to start in our new location in the fall of 2012!  Cross your fingers!

interesting new development

September 26th, 2011

Read this article from the Monitor about a possible new location for the McAllen Creative Incubator.

Update December 2011 – A member of the Chamber of Commerce said that their proposal to move the Incubator to the old McAllen Library was approved.  We should be moving there in the spring of 2012!

a happy memory from high school

September 14th, 2011

When I was in high school choir this was the song we sang at the end of every concert.  It often brought tears to the eyes of singers and audience alike.  These are the traditions, bonds of friendship, and aesthetic experiences that are so important to keeping kids in school and engaged with their studies, their teachers and their peers.

Already knowing I wanted to be a music major in college, I was extremely fortunate that I had the flexibility in my schedule to take classes that would prepare me for my future.  In my senior year, my class schedule included marching band (a two-period class), orchestra, choir, music theory, senior English, and second year French.  Few students nowadays have the luxury of focusing so intensely on the arts unless they are in an arts magnet school.

It is very important however that musicians have a variety of experiences and musical skills and this cannot start too early.  Instrumentalists should be able to hold their own part in a vocal ensemble and sing a melody on sight without the help of an instrument.  Singers should develop the technical prowess of mastering an instrument.  All musicians need fluency on piano.

If your child is not able to get all the music courses he or she wants at school, please consider signing up at colibrí.  Check the website for the next audition date!