Expectations from Students & Families
- Attend weekly one-on-one mentoring meetings
- Participate in after school study hall at least one day a week
- Participate in enrichment activities, including community outreach
Practice & Performance
- Attend two or three evening rehearsals per week
- Attend weekly piano and voice lessons
- Perform in weekend concerts from September through June
- Review the choir schedule
- Participate in scheduled rehearsals, services and concerts
- Communicate limited but necessary absences to the Choir School staff
We welcome students from a broad geographical area and from all faith traditions. To enroll at the Choir School, students must meet the following requirements:
- Must be between the ages of 7 and 17
- Must live in the greater Wilmington Delaware region
- Must successfully complete an audition and four-week trial period
Every student who is accepted into the program receives a full merit scholarship valued at $8,500. Scholarships are made possible through the generous contributions of our donors.
To help offset the cost of tuition, families are asked to participate in volunteer roles and to give a community contribution of $150 per family per year. These funds go to the Choir School endowment, making the program accessible to students in the future.
The Application Process
The application process starts with an audition, and concludes with a four-week trial period at the Choir School.
Your child’s audition will last for approximately 30 minutes, and is designed to evaluate his or her potential and unique needs. No preparation is needed, and no musical background is required. After the audition, we will contact you to let you know whether your child can move forward with the enrollment process.
The audition will focus on the following areas:
- Deportment: professional conduct, including posture and concentration
- Singing: pitch, range and rhythm
- Reading: accuracy and word recognition
The Trial Period
All prospective students who pass their audition must go through a four-week trial period before being formally enrolled. This period is designed to ensure that the Choir School is a good fit for your child and your family, and vice versa. During this time we encourage you to observe as many rehearsals, services and concerts as possible.
At the end of the trial period, the student, family and Choir School staff evaluate the experience and decide whether to proceed with enrollment.