Junior Chorus FAQ

Junior Chorus


Tell me about Junior Chorus!

Junior Chorus is our entry level training choir for ages 8 and up. Singers in these ensembles are accepted with no musical experience necessary. This ensemble provides the basics of choral education, such as sight-reading, and proper vocal technique. As singers learn and work together, they learn the joy of singing and develop a lifelong passion for music.

  • Young people ages 8 and up rehearse weekly on Tuesdays or Thursdays depending on location during the academic year (September – May).
  • Singers do not need prior experience to join our training ensembles – skills development is part of every rehearsal.

When are the rehearsals for Junior Chorus?

We currently have three sections of Junior Chorus: Junior Chorus Central, Junior Chorus Northwest, and Junior Chorus North.

Junior Chorus Central meets every Tuesday from 4:30-6:00pm at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church located at 825 E. Basse Rd.

Junior Chorus North meets every Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church & School located at 1416 N Loop 1604 E

Junior Chorus Northwest meets every Tuesday from 4:30-6:00pm at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit located at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit located at 11093 Bandera Rd

What is required for participation in Junior Chorus?

Anyone who loves to sing is welcome in Junior Chorus, however there are some things we ask in order to find the best fit for each individual chorister. Each singer and singer’s family must commit to attending all rehearsal and concerts to the best of their ability. All singers and their families should consider reviewing the current CCSA Junior Chorus calendar to get an idea of the time and travel (within the city limits only) commitment required for a successful season in CCSA. In addition, all singers who are interested in Junior Chorus must complete a placement hearing.

How many times a year do Junior Chorus singers perform?

Choristers in Junior Chorus perform several times throughout the season. All performances are listed in the calendar found on the Family Portal page of the CCSA website. Our two biggest performances for Junior Chorus occur at the end of the fall semester with our winter concert, and at the end of the spring semester with a concert on Mother’s Day; both of these performances are held at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts located in the heart of San Antonio’s downtown arts district. In addition to formally scheduled concerts, Junior Chorus singers may be invited to participate in other singing events as they occur throughout the season.

Do you have a calendar for Junior Chorus?

Yes! We have a separate Google calendar for each section of Junior Chorus.

Click here to access a direct link to the calendar for Junior Chorus Central

Click here to access a direct link to the calendar for Junior Chorus North

Click here to access a direct link to the calendar for Junior Chorus Northwest.

Post Placement Hearing Sign-Up/Registration

I’ve just signed up for a Placement Hearing, now what?

We’re excited that you’ve taken this big step in your singer’s musical experience. Now that you’ve scheduled your placement hearing, you will receive a confirmation notice of your scheduled day, time, and location for your hearing. In addition, you will receive a reminder email 48 hours prior to your scheduled day and time.

What should I expect at my Placement?

Placement hearings for CCSA are a low stress meeting with the Artistic Director so that he/she can get to know each singer, understand their current level of musicianship, and find the just the right spot for everyone in the ensemble. Singers do not need to prepare any songs–but they are welcome to sing one if they have something they’d love to share. Each singer will be taken through a variety of singing exercises to determine her or his range and growth potential.

Placements can be scheduled online. You will receive a confirmation, and a reminder of your placement day, time and location 48 hours prior to your appointment via email. Following are a few things to keep in mind for your upcoming placement:

  • Younger singers may be grouped together to simulate a rehearsal-type environment and to ease any anxiety associated with singing alone. Parents are present in the room at all times.
  • No preparation is necessary! You do not need to bring a prepared selection; our directors are looking for potential, not perfection. Each placement will last approximately 15 minutes.
  • Best of all… you will know your results by the end of your placement hearing. We guarantee you won’t have to wait days for our decision.

CCSA staff will be on hand during your placement hearing day and time to answer any questions and assist you with the completion of the forms. At the conclusion of your singer’s placement, you may complete payment and plan enrollment on site.

What is the tuition rate for Junior Chorus?

Tuition for Junior Chorus is $525 for the entire season. Payments for tuition can made be via the website. Need based financial aid is available for singers on a first-come, first-served basis.

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due prior to the start of the new season. A $100 deposit is due at the time of your singer’s scheduled placement. If you singer withdraws from CCSA, $50 of this deposit is non-refundable.

Do I get a discount for paying early?

Families who complete payment of their account in full on or before August 4 prior to the start of the new season, are entitled to a five percent (5%) discount off their total payment. The discounted amount will be deducted from the account/invoice at time of complete payment.

Can I get help paying for tuition?

CCSA provides opportunities for qualified families to apply for financial assistance. Applications are available at placement appointment.  Applications are reviewed by the Finance Committee and decisions will be conveyed to parents by the 15th of the following month to allow sufficient time for families to meet their remaining financial obligations with an adjusted payment plan.

Do you have a payment plan for tuition?

Yes, we offer a number of convenient payment plan options. Payment plans offer you the flexibility of payments that fit your lifestyle. Once your singer has been placed, and your registration is complete, we will send you information on what plans are available. Payments are divided into monthly installments due on the 1st or the 15th of the month respectively.

What happens if my singer need to drop out of CCSA?

In the event a singer needs to withdraw from CCSA before the end of the scheduled season, the family must submit a written withdrawal notice via email (email: office@childrenschorussa.org). Depending upon the date of receipt of the written withdrawal notice, the family may be eligible for a tuition refund.

What do singers in Junior Chorus wear for concerts?

Junior Chorus singers will require two uniforms: a Formal Performance Uniform and an Informal Performance Uniform.

Informal Performance Uniforms consist of a CCSA t-shirt (provided to singers at no charge), khakis pants, black closed toe shoes, and black socks.

Formal Performance Uniforms consist of a white button down, long sleeve dress shirt with black dress slacks, shoes, and socks for boys, and a white peter pan collar, short sleeve shirt with a black knee-length pleated skirt and black closed toe, flat heeled shoes with black opaque tights for girls.

Details on where these items can be purchased are provided to singer families at the beginning of each season, and families are responsible for purchasing Formal Performance Uniforms for their singer. More details regarding Formal Performance Uniform requirements are provided in the CCSA handbook. Click here to access an online copy of the CCSA Handbook.

Do I have to buy a ticket for Junior Chorus concerts?

Most family friendly concerts for Junior Chorus are free. However, all concerts that are held at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts are ticketed. Tickets prices range from $10-$50 depending on the seating and availability of tickets. Complimentary tickets are not provided to families for concerts at the Tobin Center.