Placement auditions for new choristers are in progress — contact us now to schedule!
We’re about to begin our 28th year of service to Austin area girls, and we’re excited to introduce singers of all levels to the AGC experience! We’re looking for girls who love music and are ready to work hard to excel. Please call us at (512) 453-0884 for placement audition dates and times, and put a $25 check to Austin Girls’ Choir in the mail (PO Box 4026, Austin, TX 78765-4026) to reserve your 30-minute appointment. New choristers will start rehearsals right away.
Our choristers receive training in music theory, vocal technique and sightreading, and learn to sing in three- and four-part harmony. They delight in a wide range of challenging repertoire, and enjoy frequent performance opportunities. They build long-lasting friendships, learn teamwork and develop personal responsibility, self-discipline and performance poise. And above all, they have fun as they grow!
We run year round, with the year divided into Spring, Summer and Fall terms. Girls age 8-14 with little music background audition for our Junior Choir; experienced singers age 13-18 who sightread music well join our Senior Ensemble. Intermediate-level singers age 11 and up often receive Dual Chorister status, which allows them to strengthen theory, sightreading ear and vocal production skills 6:15-8:15 Tuesday evenings, and learn advanced repertoire Sunday afternoons with the Senior Ensemble. We ask each singer and her parents to commit to AGC for a full year. Please feel free to share our flyers (general-flyer or Spring 2017 MS & HS )!
Tuition averages out to $100 per month, with payment weighted toward the start of each term and various payment plans available. We offer school group tuition discounts, and will also extend that courtesy to members of a Scout troop, music studio or church (or temple) music program. At the beginning of each term (fall, spring, summer) a group of five or more from the same school can receive a 20% break in tuition as long as there are at least five students actively participating in Austin Girls’ Choir rehearsals and performances. For those entering as a group for Fall 2017, assemble your group by September 12, contact us at 512-453-0884, and we’ll set up convenient auditions and orientation.
Uniform and costume expenses for the year are under $130. Regular tuition helps to cover camp and workshop instruction; small additional fees are charged to defray costs of materials, rent and food, and support staff for camp and workshops. Travel expenses for optional trips and tours vary, but are kept as low as possible. Our tuition rates are very competitive — compare with rates for a weekly half-hour instrumental or vocal lesson, elite sports and cheer — and include instruction in basic music theory, vocal technique and ear training and sight-reading skills.
During the school year, Junior Choristers rehearse on varied schedules 6:15-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (young beginners 6:15-7:30); Senior Choristers rehearse Sunday afternoons 2-3:30 p.m. Dual Chorister status is granted to selected Junior Choir members age 11 and up; these girls rehearse Tuesday evenings with the Junior Choir and Sunday afternoons with the Senior Ensemble. In the summer, we focus on camps (first two weeks of June after school is out) and tour (mid- to late June), rehearse only a few times in July, and then resume our regular schedule in mid-August.
What’s in the works now?
We look forward to singing the National Anthem at the Dell Diamond again on August 20 at 6 p.m.! And be sure to attend one of our annual “An Enchanted Evening” shows in September — location TBA for the 9th, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection (2200 Justin Lane) on the 10th.
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What has AGC been up to lately? . . .
We had an awesome concert tour through West Texas and New Mexico June 19 through 26! We sang at Grace Presbyterian in Midland, St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Roswell, the Loretto Chapel and First Presbyterian in Santa Fe, the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount in Ruidoso, All Saints’ Episcopal in El Paso, St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Las Cruces, and the Alpine Public Library in Alpine. And along the way, we visited Carlsbad Caverns, the International UFO Museum in Roswell, the New Mexico Museum of Art, cliff dwellings at Bandelier, the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, lava flows, petroglyphs, White Sands, and McDonald Observatory. We were delighted both to renew old friendships and to build many wonderful new relationships! (Special thanks to Carol Wiggins and her fantastic Sweet Adelines chapter in Albuquerque for their terrific support on short notice!)
On June 10, between general camp and tour camp, we enjoyed the opportunity to share a concert with the Lawrence (KS) Children’s Choir and the Treble Choir of St. Louis Catholic Church (Austin).
On May 21, we went into the recording studio to lay down some tracks for composer Jon Fortman’s next album, which will come out in Spring 2018. Both Jon and Orb Studio’s engineer Hunter were terrific to work with, and we look forward to future opportunities!
During Spring 2017, we sang for the Austin Family Camp Fair (January) and for the North Austin Optimists’ Baseball & Softball Opening Ceremonies (March 25), plus put on our annual Madrigal Dinner, a full musical dinner theater show, on March 4. And we enjoyed presenting our 25th annual Spring Tea in the beautiful facilities of the Seminary of the Southwest on April 30 — many thanks to Zhi Tea and all the wonderful chefs who provided a delicious high tea, and to the awesome friends and alumnae who attended!
Starting back in September, we focused on about 30 songs for the holidays, most of which are in 3- or 4-part harmony. Our holiday season began on Thanksgiving Weekend with the Nov. 26 Chuy’s Children Giving To Children Parade, an eagerly-anticipated event every year. We also helped Papa Noel (Jimmy Coan) kick off his holiday tree sales season that afternoon! We were in Galveston for our 24th year as featured artists at Dickens on The Strand on Dec. 3, despite the deluge! We still did our 11:30 a.m. concert on the Marble Arch stage , but moved the 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. concerts to the lobby of The Tremont. The parades were cancelled since nobody wanted to swim down the street . . .!
Our season continued with caroling for local businesses and a generous supporter on Dec. 10. Heartfelt thanks to Breed’s Home & Hardware (both locations!), The Frisco Café, and Charles Maund Toyota — all of whom have welcomed us for many years! — and to our good friends at Water 2 Wine, and wonderful new fans Cana Meola at Potbelly Sandwich Shop at ArborWalk and Mary Willis (Grandma of the Month!).
But we weren’t done yet! We finished in 2016 grand style with three more dates — our own Concert of Christmas Classics on Dec. 17 at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, singing 3 patriotic songs a cappella in 5-part harmony for the Texas Electoral College vote on the floor of the House Chamber (and on C-SPAN!) Dec. 19, and then 3 appearances for Austin’s Trail of Lights Dec. 22 (twice on the Lobby Stage, once on the Community Stage). And for the first time ever, we participated in a Twelfth Night service January 5 at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, officially finishing out the Christmas season.
On Nov. 18, before the holiday trek began, we had the exciting opportunity to do an invitation-only private audition for America’s Got Talent! Whether a trip to California is in the works is yet to be determined; we won’t know results for at least a few months yet. But whatever happens, it was an honor and a really unique experience! Fingers crossed!
Women Who Cook, our annual benefit, was held Nov. 13 at Strange Land Brewery. Guests partook of awesome artisanal beers, excellent music by Danger*Cakes, some jazzy takes on traditional holiday songs by AGC, samples of specialties by chefs Jessica Forkner (Crema Café) and Jennifer Costello (The Bonneville), and a fabulous silent auction — all put together to help raise operational and scholarship funding for our deserving team of talented singers!
We had fun with our annual “An Enchanted Evening” production Sept. 10 and 11! This year’s selections ranged from American Songbook classics to the Beatles and Van Morrison, woven together with a fun script and a little poetry and dance! Our heartfelt thanks to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, which hosted the Sept. 10 show, and to the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, which hosts rehearsals year round and also hosted our Sept. 11 show.
(June 2016 West Texas / New Mexico tour photos coming soon)
We presented our 24th annual Spring Tea in May, this year at the Seminary of the Southwest’s beautiful Weeks Campus Center. Many thanks to the wonderful chefs and bakers — and to Zhi Tea! — who provided elegant, delicious fare for a delightful high tea, and to our terrific board for all their hard work in preparing for this lovely event.
Our 13th annual Madrigal Dinner production was in March. This musical dinner theatre event features a very family-friendly play written specially for our group and some guest actors from the community. The girls sing, act, AND serve dinner! This year’s story incorporated Elizabethan ladies’ dilemma of duty versus romantic choice in the early 1600’s, with smart girls presenting clever and logical solutions!
AGC had some fun performances in Fall 2015 (singing the National Anthem for about 5,000 kids at the Marathon Kids 20th Anniversary celebration Oct. 17, and appearing as our alter egos, the Austin Ghouls’ Choir, on “‘Twas A Dark and Stormy Night” Oct. 27) — in addition to our Rehearsathon, our annual benefit (Women Who Cook) and a very special presentation of “The Gift of Love” for the memorial service of board member Jeanette Ball.
Our 2015 holiday season (Nov. 28-Dec. 22) was a busy one, but it was great to be in such demand! We sang for private parties, several local businesses, the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade, the Trail of Lights, and our own big concert — and made our 23rd consecutive trip to Dickens on The Strand (in Galveston) as featured artists, singing 3 concerts and marching in 2 parades! Our heartfelt thanks to Papa Noel Christmas Trees, Breed & Co., Charles Maund Toyota, Chez Zee, and The Frisco Shop for their generous support.
From the mom of one of our charter members: “I would encourage anyone in or near Austin to take their girls and try out for this choir. I can not begin to tell you all of the benefits we all received by my daughter being a member of this choir. The music you taught my child was a great gift, but what you don’t know is how it and everything else she learned with you affected her life later on through college and parenthood. I only wish we lived closer, so some day my granddaughter could audition.” — Ruthie Pyle
Tour Camp 2015 included a trip down Memory Lane and across Abbey Lane!
June 2015 concert tour — Trinity Episcopal Church in The Woodlands, Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Clear Lake), and Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston — and lots of fun activities!