Choral Department

CLASSES AT A GLANCE

The TAFA Choral Department trains students to be fluent in music literacy and healthy vocal techniques. Engaging musicians with
rigorous instruction in a challenging, and supportive, Christian environment. Providing them with the skills and opportunities to perform in regional, state and college level concerts. With a strong foundation in music literacy, and proper vocal techniques, students gain confidence, self-discipline and learn to collaborate with their peers in a positive environment.

Con Spirito

Con Spirito Choir provides a more challenging environment for each child to develop his God-given instrument, the voice, and to refine the necessary skills to belong to a musical ensemble. Musicianship, diction, mastery of solfege, music literacy, and singing in 2 and 3 parts are all components of the Con Spirito experience.

Elementary Singers

Elementary Singers is a beginning choral ensemble that provides a fun environment for each child to develop his God-given instrument, the voice, and to sharpen the necessary skills to belong to a musical ensemble. Musicianship, diction, introduction to solfege, and music literacy are all components of the Elementary Singers experience.

Vocal Technique

Vocal Techniques trains students in the basics of music including sight-reading, theory, and proper vocal technique. Students will learn Kodaly hand signs in sight-reading, proper singing posture, correct vowel formation, performance etiquette, choral intonation, and how to blend as a group, as well as work on aural and rhythmic skills necessary to a good singer. Tapestry Treble Choir – Tapestry Treble Choir is designed for advanced training of the female vocalist in sight-reading, solfege, Kodaly
hand signs, score marking, proper vocal technique, breathing and theory. Music is 3-4 parts (SSA or SSAA) in various languages and
genres.

Jazz Choir

This is an advanced level vocal class for students who demonstrate a strong ear to harmonize, show improvisation flexibility in the voice and advance sight-reading skills. Music is 5 or more parts (SSAATTBB). Students sing weekly solos in class, developing their confidence and performance skills. Literature is contrasting between contemporary jazz arrangements, worship songs, ballads, and show tunes. Music is often a cappella or accompanied by the jazz band or a small jazz combo.

Chamber Choir

Students experience advanced training in sight-reading, solfege, Kodaly hand signs, score marking, proper vocal technique, breathing and music theory/ear-training. Music is 4 or more parts (SSAATTBB) in various languages and genres. All of these techniques work together to develop the student’s vocal gift to the glory of God.

Chorale

This class focuses on excellence that brings God glory and inspires people through extensive training in sight-reading, solfege, Kodaly hand signs, score marking, proper vocal technique, breathing and musical training. Music is 3-4 parts (SATB) in various languages and genres.

Tapestry Treble Choir

Tapestry Treble Choir is designed for advanced training of the female vocalist in sight-reading, solfege, Kodaly hand signs, score marking, proper vocal technique, breathing and theory. Music is 3-4 parts (SSA or SSAA) in various languages and genres.

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Our Teachers:

Sarah Shannon

Choral Department Director
Sarah is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance/Pedagogy.  She began her teaching career in Mesquite ISD. She has been the Director of Choral Studies at TAFA since 1999 and became the Director of the School of Worship in recent years. Sarah has performed in the FW Opera Chorus for five seasons, been a vocal coach for 20 years, harpist for 13 years and volunteered or has been on staff as a worship leader for a combined 20 years.

Ondrea Schenck

After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin in 1999, Ondrea went on to become a choir director in Mansfield ISD, while performing with the Fort Worth Opera, her local church, and other professional groups.
She has been one of the upper-level choir directors and voice teachers at TAFA since 2005, as well as joining ranks of directing the musical theater classes in 2015. Getting students to use their gifts and talents while having fun is one of the biggest joys in her life!.

Elizabeth Hames

She is a TAFA 2006 Alumni. After graduating from TAFA, Elizabeth went on to study at Texas Christian University’s School of Music. She received a Bachelor's and Masters of Music from TCU, both in Theory and Composition and also studied piano, harp, voice, and organ. She returned to TAFA to direct the younger choirs and teach Music Theory for college preparation. In addition to teaching at TAFA, Elizabeth teaches private lessons in piano, voice, and composition. Recently, she and a colleague started an independent music publishing firm, EM Music Publishing, which focuses on providing pedagogical materials for music teachers and students.

Private Lessons:

Sarah Shannon

Voice

Angela Bolding

Voice

Elizabeth Hames

Voice

Jeannie Gifford

Voice

Cathy Lloyd

Voice

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