Welcome to Austin Girls’ Choir’s website! We are in our 25th year of service to Austin area girls, and we are 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. 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 look forward to our Concert of Christmas Classics on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. This Austin holiday tradition will be presented at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin Lane in Austin (78757). The program features candlelight processions, Victorian costumes, and beloved carols and holiday songs in three- and four-part harmony. Any donation you are able to make ($10 suggested) will be gratefully accepted at the door.
January entry auditions are being scheduled now, and we are eager to welcome new girls to each ensemble. Individual audition appointments are set when we receive your $25 check at Austin Girls’ Choir, PO Box 4026, Austin, TX 78765-4026. 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. We ask each singer and her parents to commit to AGC for a full year.
Tuition averages out to $100 per month, with payment weighted toward the start of each term and various payment plans available. This year we also offer school group tuition discounts. 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. Assemble your group, contact us at 512-453-0884, and we’ll set up convenient auditions and orientation.
Uniform and costume expenses for the year are under $120. Regular tuition helps to cover camp and workshop instruction; small additional fees are charged to cover 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. We have been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall again in May 2015, this time with John Rutter, and look forward to another terrific New York experience!
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 12 and up; these girls rehearse Thursday evenings with the Junior Choir and Sunday afternoons with the Senior Ensemble. In the summer, we focus on camps and tour in June, rehearse only a few times (as numbers allow) in July, and then resume our regular schedule in mid-August.
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
Here are some highlights from our busy 2014 holiday season — many thanks to the wonderful businesses and individuals who so kindly sponsored us!
Dickens on the Strand in Galveston — our 22nd consecutive year as featured artists, with two concerts and two parades on Dec. 6th!
Watch for us on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) at 9 a.m. on KEYE-TV, as we perform a few carols taped on Dec. 14!
And heartfelt thanks to our wonderful sponsors for our caroling gigs, including Papa Noel Christmas Trees, Breed’s Home & Hardware, The Frisco Shop and Charles Maund Toyota!