Welcome to Austin Girls’ Choir’s website! We are entering 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 had some fun performances last month (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 and a very special presentation of “The Gift of Love” for the memorial service of board member Jeanette Ball.
We’re in full holiday mode now, preparing for some recordings for local media, readying our a cappella selections, practicing parade marching, and sprucing up those wonderful Victorian costumes! Here’s what’s on tap:
Saturday, Nov. 28 – we’ll be singing on a float in the Chuy’s Parade! (11 a.m.) Come watch the parade down Congress Avenue, and donate a toy to the Blue Santa program!
Saturday, Dec. 5 – this will be our 23rd consecutive year as featured artists at Dickens on The Strand in Galveston! Catch us in concert 12:30-1 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m. on the Marble Arch Stage and 4-4:30 p.m. on the Covent Garden Stage. We’ll also march in the 2 p.m. Queen’s Parade and the 7 p.m. Torchlight Parade.
Saturday, Dec. 12 – hire the choir! This is our designated caroling day, funds from which go to support scholarships. Schedule TBA — there are still slots available.
Saturday, Dec. 19 – our own holiday concert, 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection (2200 Justin Lane, Austin 78757). It’s free and open to the public, all ages warmly welcomed. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door, $10 suggested. Plenty of free parking available, too!
Tuesday, Dec. 22 – 7:15-7:45 p.m. – Trail of Lights Community Stage
We run year round, and placement auditions for late fall term entry are being scheduled now for each ensemble. (Girls joining now will be included in some but not all of the songs we are preparing for holiday performances.) 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 (Fall 2015 pink sheet as single) and our Fall 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) 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 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
Below are some highlights from our busy 2014-15 year — 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!
Heartfelt thanks to our wonderful sponsors for our caroling gigs, including Papa Noel Christmas Trees, Breed’s Home & Hardware, The Frisco Shop, Chez Zee American Bistro and Charles Maund Toyota!
Opening Ceremonies at North Austin Optimists’ Baseball & Softball Fields!
Scenes from Madrigal Dinner 2015
Tour Camp 2015 included a trip down Memory Lane and across Abbey Lane!
We run year round, and placement auditions for late fall term entry are being scheduled now for each ensemble. (Girls joining now will be included in some but not all of the songs we are preparing for holiday performances.) 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 (Fall 2015 pink sheet as single) and our Fall audition poster.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!