Welcome to Austin Girls’ Choir’s website!
We’re currently preparing for our annual Spring Tea, to be held THIS Sunday afternoon, May 1, in the Weeks Campus Center of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest (501 E. 32nd Street). Tickets are available via the link above, or can be purchased at a small discount directly from any chorister or board member. This event is a great opportunity to take special friends out for a delightful treat — perfect for couples, girls’ afternoon out, an early Mother’s Day surprise, or a bridesmaids’ party! Enjoy specialties from several fine Austin chefs as our ensembles serenade you. Those planning weddings and other events will find this a fun way to do one-stop sampling, too! And best of all, your ticket purchase helps us provide scholarships and other support for all of our choristers.
We are in our 26th 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 run year round, and placement auditions for summer term entry begin May 7 for 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. Please feel free to share our flyer (Spring 2016 pink sheet single) and our Spring 2016 audition poster.
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. 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. 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 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.
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 Thursday evenings with the Junior Choir and Sunday afternoons with the Senior Ensemble. In the summer, we focus on camps (June 6-10 general camp, June 13-17 advanced camp) and tour (June 19-25), rehearse only a few times in July, and then resume our regular schedule in mid-August.
What have we been up to lately? . . .
We presented our 13th annual Madrigal Dinner 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!
We’ve had some fun performances this past fall (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!