Emerging Voices (Children's Choir)
Choir Director: Lynn Mendoza-Khan, soprano, is a classically trained professional singer and voice teacher. She has worked extensively with young singers in her own vocal studio and for San Diego Junior Theatre, with which she worked five years. Lynn has sung locally with the San Diego Opera. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Directors Association, and of the First UU Church of San Diego. Learn more about Lynn.
Our Mission: Music is fun, first! Children's choir is about enjoying the experience of singing in an ensemble and learning to sing with a solid vocal technique that allows the voice to grow in a natural way. Added benefits to choral singing are building self-confidence, self-discipline, memory skills, enhanced social development and have better emotional expression. No prior choral experience is necessary
Instruction and Music Theory: In addition to learning vocal warm-ups, technique, and songs, the children are introduced to basic musical concepts. Tempo, dynamics, pitch, and music notation are explained and explored in a variety of ways that are age-appropriate. Choir members also explore rhythm through clapping, dancing, echo games, and simple part-singing. At times, percussion, hand chimes, and other simple, child-friendly instruments are used.
Special Needs: We welcome children with special needs and invite their parents (or those who know parents of children with special needs who may enjoy choir) to visit and/or speak with Lynn if they have questions or concerns.
Performance Opportunities: The Emerging Voices (Children’s Choir) sings for selected Sunday morning services, including intergenerational services and the All-choir Music Sundays. Additionally, the Children's and Youth Choirs give two concerts each year.
Parent Participation: With the diverse ages and abilities of the children, there is ample opportunity to assist during rehearsals and performances. Parents who are willing to serve as accompanying musicians (especially those who can play drums, shakers, or other percussion instruments), attendance takers, and/or read-along help are much appreciated. Parents are also welcome to visit or join rehearsal at any time.
Rehearsals: The Emerging Voices (Children’s Choir) rehearses each Sunday (September through June) from 10:40 to 11:30p in Clark Chapel.
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Voices in Unity (Youth Choir)
The Voices in Unity (Youth Choir) is open to young singers from age 13 through 18. No previous choral experience is required, although we are happiest when singers come to us as "graduates" of our own Children’s Choir program or another children’s musical organization.
Director: Lynn Mendoza-Khan, soprano, is a classically trained professional singer and voice teacher. She has worked extensively with young singers in her own vocal studio and for San Diego Junior Theatre, with which she worked five years. Lynn is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network and of the First UU Church of San Diego.
Purpose: The purpose of this choir is to build the singers’ vocal ability and music-reading skills and to learn appropriate choral repertory for performance in Sunday worship services, community events and youth concerts. The choir sings music of various levels of challenge, from unison chants and songs to four-part anthems and other choral arrangements. We stress music from all of the sources of our Living Tradition, as explained in the U.U.A.'s Purposes and Principles, and strive to include music from varied world music cultures.
Performance: The Voices in Unity (Youth Choir) sings by itself every month and has opportunities to sing with our other choirs in special worship services, including our All-choir Music Sundays. This choir is also interested in sharing music with the community so if you'd like to book the youth choir for your event please contact Lynn Mendoza-Khan
Rehearsals: The Voices in Unity (Youth Choir) rehearses in Clark Chapel from 12:45 to 2:15p every Sunday September through June, following the second service.
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