GMYC offers inspiring choral opportunities for children in central New England with choirs rehearsing in Keene and Peterborough, New Hampshire. We offer ensembles supporting the musical growth and artistic development of singers in grades K through 12.
Rise Up grades K-3
Backed by popular demand, all children in grades K-3 now have a place in GMYC. We will offer three sessions of Rise Up Peterborough (Fall, Winter, and Spring), and will open two sessions of Rise Up Keene (Winter, Spring).
This ensemble does not require an audition, and all children who love to sing are welcome. Rehearsals will be full of singing and movement and be enriched by dance, toys/props, rhymes and poetry, performance etiquette, singing a variety of music, and playing rhythmic and melodic games.
Rise Up Peterborough will meet 7 times on Saturday mornings in Peterborough starting in September, January, and April. Rise Up Keene will meet 7 times on Tuesday afternoons in Keene starting in January and April. Singers may be dropped off, or parents/caregivers and young siblings are welcome to stay.
Registration and tuition is due by the first rehearsal.
Choristers & Elm City Singers grades 4-8
GMYC has two ensembles for singers in grades 4-8 with rehearsals after school on Mondays in Peterborough and Tuesdays in Keene. Every year the choirs perform at festivals, and on alternating years the choirs go on a regional performance tour.
Singers work together to perform unison, 2-part and 3-part repertoire ranging in styles and time periods. These capable singers begin to read music in a supportive environment and free of judgement.
Singers of all genders develop healthy singing technique through their voice changes and developments. The singers are musical, brave, goofy, committed, willing to try new things, and often stretch their comfort zones in a bully-free zone.
Cecilia Ensemble grades 9-12
The Cecilia Ensemble is the region's premier high school treble ensemble performing locally, regionally, and internationally. Singers who wish to advance their singing aren encouraged to audition for the Cecilia Ensemble. Singers are responsible, and learn to refine healthy breathing, posture & singing techniques. They improve music reading skills, experiment with vocal improvisation, develop advanced listening skills, work toward music reading mastery, build self-confidence, leadership & musical independence, and perform in unison to 8- part harmonies.
The Cecilia Ensemble performs sacred and secular, medieval to modern, classical, folk, gospel, and non-traditional modern music in English and foreign languages. The Cecilia Ensemble takes an international concert tour every other year.
SATB chamber choir, grades 9-12
Tenors, Basses, Sopranos and Altos all sing together in the SATB chamber choir, rehearsing on Monday nights in Peterborough.
Although not auditioned, singers who want to sing in an intimate environment and who can sing independently and in harmony with others are encouraged to register. Membership is based on ensuring a balanced ensemble. This means we will have the same or similar number of Basses, Tenors, Altos and Sopranos.
Singing primarily a cappella repertoire, singers are motivated and capable, and work together to support each other. Singers of all genders are welcome.
GMYC is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997. With ensembles rehearsing both in Keene and Peterborough, singers in grades Kindergarten - 12th can sing in excellent choirs and learn age-appropriate musical skills and singing technique. All choirs rehearse once per week with stand-alone performances in Fall and Spring. GMYC believes that through tuition assistance, finances will not be a barrier to any child who wants to sing with GMYC.
GMYC follows mask, distancing, and air filtration protocols set by national singing organizations. We anticipate receiving the guidance that will shape the GMYC policies in August. If masks are required for the 2022-2023 season, GMYC will provide cloth singing masks for singers in grades 4+. Singers in grades K-3 will be asked to wear a comfortable mask that they can wear properly for the duration of rehearsal.