Frequently Asked Questions
How do students join Strathmore Children’s Chorus?
Auditions are held each year in the winter and spring. Check our Auditions page for current details!
Where does the Strathmore Children’s Chorus rehearse and perform?
Depending on the ensemble, rehearsals are held at either the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, N. Bethesda, MD 20852, The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD 20852, or at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Avenue, N. Bethesda, MD 20852. Rehearsals may be held offsite for special performances with prior notification (typically in the Bethesda or Rockville area).
All ensembles rehearse on either Monday or Tuesday evenings.
Apprentice, Treble, Concert and Young Men's ensembles perform a Winter Concert and a Spring Concert each year at the Music Center at Strathmore. Additional special performances may be scheduled with notification. Special performances for our youngest ensemble, Preparatory, are typically held twice per year within the metro area to give the singers performance experience.
Any additional performance dates will be announced will be both announced to the applicable ensembles and posted on the SCC website Calendar.
What styles of music do the children perform?
Strathmore Children’s Chorus ensembles learn and perform a wide range of choral music, from medieval hymns to modern pop. Lyrics are often in languages other than English, and the selection of music is appropriate to the age of each ensemble. Music is chosen to enrich each child's musical education and experience, and to challenge them to work together and accomplish a gratifying performance of challenging choral works.
Please note some of the repertoire selections for the Strathmore Children’s Chorus are drawn from a wealth of classic choral music, much of which has a long and rich history based on religious texts, and may also include patriotic music. We perform a Winter Concert each year which may include music representing major religions. Rehearsals during a large part of the first semester focus on the Winter Concert repertoire and may include some secular holiday, winter-themed, Christmas, Hannukah, and/or Kwanzaa songs.
What are the application and tuition costs? Are there scholarships available?
There is an application fee of $25. Application fees will be credited to student tuition for students admitted to the chorus.
Tuition for the 2018-2019 choral season is $675 (September-June). Tuition for students admitted mid-year is $375. There is a $50 discount for siblings. Tuition covers less than half of our costs. Grants and donations make up the difference.
Scholarships are available for both tuition and wardrobe upon approval. A financial assistance application is available by contacting Suzanne Bagheri at [email protected]
Are there wardrobe requirements?
Yes, each chorister will be responsible for purchasing required performance attire. In addition, a t-shirt will be provided to each student for use at special events. Upon admission, each family will provided the wardrobe requirements for their ensemble.
Attire for each ensemble is different, with costs varying from $50-100. Scholarships are available to help defray the costs.
Is there a volunteer requirement?
We encourage students and family members to volunteer at rehearsals, special events (such as Back to Chorus Fair and auditions, and on concert days. We believe the active engagement of parents and guardians in their children’s activities enhance the experience for the child and for the family. If you have other skills you would like to share, please contact us at [email protected]
How can I learn more about the Strathmore Children’s Chorus?
Contact Suzanne Bagheri, Administration and Singer Services Manager, by emailing [email protected] or calling (301) 581-5237.