THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale

The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a community children’s chorus comprised of fourth through eighth grade students, from Fond du Lac and the surrounding communities, interested in performing and studying high-quality choral music. Founded in 1997 as a project of the Fond du Lac Arts Council, it is a resident ensemble of the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac, Wis.

The Chorale performs two major concerts each season, in addition to smaller appearances at other venues throughout the year. The Chorale’s repertoire provides an enjoyable and challenging musical experience, while expanding children’s learning horizons in music fundamentals, vocal technique and rehearsal discipline. Musicianship and artistry are taught in rehearsals through a performance-based music education process that aims to inspire appreciation and enjoyment of music, while developing personal and artistic excellence, and enriching our community. Auditions are held at various times throughout the year and by appointment.

Who should audition for the Children’s Chorale?
In short, any child who loves to sing! We celebrate and affirm the artistry of children. The Children’s Chorale is an organization where children are encouraged to express themselves. Members have the opportunity to build relationships with peers who are serious about music making. The rehearsal environment is creative, nurturing, educational, enjoyable, and supportive. Our members regularly move into leadership roles in their chosen high schools, successfully performing in their choirs, bands, on stage, as soloists, and in ensembles. If you know of a young person who should be singing with us, help us make the connection! Contact us for more information.

Audition dates:

August 27 — 4 – 6 pm
August 28 — 12 – 4 pm
September 4 — 3 – 5 pm
September 5 — 3 – 5 pm

By appointment only. Contact Michael Wartgow at 920.921.5410 or email michael@thelmaarts.org

Meet the staff

David Hein, Artistic Director of the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale, has held this position since 2009. At Marian University, he is Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Arts, Science and Letters. He directs the Marian Chamber Singers, coaches the university vocal jazz ensemble, teaches private voice lessons, and other music courses. He is also the Organist and Chancel Choir Accompanist at The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay. At THELMA, David is a part of the creative team that developed On Stage@THELMA, a theatrical arts experience for upper elementary and middle school students. David earned a bachelor of music in music education and church music at St. Olaf College and a master of music in choral conducting at Michigan State University. He has choral music arrangements published with Neil A. Kjos Music Publishers and Choristers Guild. Past positions include teaching choral music at the high school level as well as full-time church music ministry.

Patricia Siekierke, Accompanist, was the Middle School/High School choral director at Horace Mann High School in North Fond du Lac for the past 27 years. Prior to North Fond du Lac, she taught in Green Lake for 6-1/2 years as the elementary general music teacher. She is an organist at her church in Oshkosh and is the accompanist for South Shore Chorale in Fond du Lac. She is an active accompanist and recently retired from her teaching position in North Fond du Lac.

For more information about the Chorale or to join the Chorale, contact Michael at michael@thelmaarts.org.

 

Updates

Tuition Changes for 2019-2020 Season

Maintaining a high-quality program for children, we have worked hard to keep pricing at a level so that anyone who wants to participate can sing in our chorale. This is why we haven’t raised the tuition in many years and why we ask for sponsorships, especially for scholarships.

 
Tuition has not covered all operation costs for the program; however, we have reached a point where we need to increase the fee. Sheet music, facility costs and more have increased, and this tuition increase will put THELMA in a better position to continue to provide this wonderful program. We have developed a new pricing structure and also are providing opportunities for discounts. It’s important to us that all who want to participate have an avenue to do so.
 
 
First, if you pay for both semesters or a single semester by September 1, you may pay your child’s tuition at the current rate.
 
 
 
Second, after September 1, the new rate will go into effect and is as follows:
 
 
$300 per student for both semesters
$200 per student for one semester
$225 per additional sibling for both semesters
$150 per additional sibling for one semester
 
 
 
Finally, after the September 1 date, discounted rates will be available for parents willing to volunteer for the program. More information on volunteer opportunities will come soon. Please alert Michael or David if you are interested in volunteering.
 
 
 
Another change is that tuition must be paid in full by September 30. If your child will participate only in the Spring semester, a deadline for payment will be established next semester.
 
 
 
Contact us with any questions. Thank you.