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Youth Academy

Pre-Placement:

Tell me about Youth Academy! Where does it rehearse and on what day and time?

Youth Academy is CCSA’s set of ensembles for singers with the most singing and performing experience. All rehearsals for Youth Academy singers occur on Mondays, but there are differing times dependent on the YA ensemble:

  • YA Young Men rehearsal each Monday from 6:00-8:00pm
  • YA Treble rehearses from 5:00-7:00pm
  • YA Touring rehearses from 5:30-8:00pm.

All YA rehearsals are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church and School located at 1300 Wiltshire.

Do you have a calendar for Youth Academy?

Yes! You can view the calendar for all three Youth Academy ensembles on the Family Portal page of the CCSA website. Click below to access direct links to each YA ensemble:

YA Treble Calendar

YA Young Men Calendar

YA Touring Calendar

How many times a year do Youth Academy singers perform?

CCSA’s Youth Academy ensembles have a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule. Our two biggest performances for YA occur at the end of the fall semester with a 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, Youth Academy singers may be invited to participate in other singing events as they occur throughout the season. For example, YA choristers are often asked to perform along with professional vocalists in operatic and symphonic productions. These additional performances require singers attend extra rehearsals, many times after the regular school day. To get an idea of the rehearsal and performance requirements of Youth Academy singers please consult the calendar found on the Family Portal page of the CCSA website. Click here to access the Family Portal page of the CCSA website.

What is required for participation in a Youth Academy Ensemble?

Anyone who loves to sing is welcome in Youth Academy, however there are some things we ask in order to find the best fit for each individual singer. Youth Academy ensembles have a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule. Each singer and singer’s family must commit to attending all rehearsals and concerts to the best of their ability. All singers and their families should consider reviewing the current CCSA Youth Academy calendars 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 Youth Academy must complete a placement hearing.

But don’t worry!

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 and reading exercises to determine her or his range and growth potential.

In addition, each singer will be ask to sight-sing to get an understanding of where each singer is in their understanding of music reading and theory. Because of the high level of performance and because of the concert commitment required of Youth Academy singers, we recommend that anyone interested in a placement hearing should feel comfortable reading music and sight-singing.

Only choristers who demonstrate a high level of musicianship and reading ability will be accepted into Youth Academy Touring.

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 the Placement Hearing?

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 and reading 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 couple of things to keep in mind for your upcoming placement:

  • 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 Youth Academy?

Tuition for Youth Academy is dependent on the ensemble in which each singer is placed:

  • YA Young Men $715 per season
  • YA Treble $715 per season
  • YA Touring $735 per 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 hearings and must be completed and submitted to the CCSA office by the last business day of the month in which your hearing is scheduled. 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 Youth Academy wear for concerts?

Youth Academy singers have two performance uniforms that are required: 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, flat heeled shoes, and black socks.

Formal Performance Uniforms consist of a black button down dress shirt with a skinny black tie, black dress slacks, and black shoes with black socks; women are required to wear a black ¾ sleeve blouse with a scoop neck, black palazzo pants, and black closed toe, flat heeled shoes with opaque black tights, colorful scarves are provided for women prior to each concert.

Singer families are responsible for payment of each uniform, however CCSA will measure and fit each singer and order Formal Performance Uniforms at the beginning of each season. More details regarding Formal Performance Uniform requirements are provided in the CCSA handbook. Click here to access an online copy of the CCSA Handboook.

Do I have to buy a ticket for Youth Academy concerts?

Concerts that are held at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts or are in collaboration with other organizations 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.