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Vocal Ensembles

Our voices are core to our experience.

The human voice is one of the most powerful instruments we have access to. It can be dynamic, reflective, approachable, and a lot of fun. Our vocal ensembles build confidence, foster friendships, and progressively build confident, healthy musical skills. 

Youth Chorus

We meet young singers exactly where they are along their developmental journey and motivate them to keep learning. Students progress through our programs as they age and gain confidence. 

  Canto

Tuesdays at 5:15 with Scott Arnold

Age 4

Through fun songs, movement, and interactive music games, young singers will learn to use their singing voice in a healthy way. By listening to others and fostering social connections that are unique to choral singing, they will develop a solid foundation for growing not only musical abilities but also essential life skills. 

  Prelude I and II

Tuesdays at 4:30 with Kathy McMinn & Scott Arnold

Age 5

Young singers will get the perfect start with fun songs and music games that teach them how to use their singing voice, and to listen and blend with others. Watch your child’s concentration and confidence grow!

  Lyrica

Tuesdays at 5:20 with Kathy McMinn

Age 6-8

With welcoming encouragement, singers begin with instruction in healthy vocal technique and musicianship skills. Repertory will run the full range from classical and traditional songs, through current pop and contemporary hits.

  Harmonia

Tuesdays at 6:30 with Kathy McMinn

Age 9-12

Essential for young singers to start developing their voices through healthy vocal technique, music-reading, and musicianship skills. Additionally, there is a strong focus on teamwork and personal development. The ensemble will learn and perform a variety of repertory from classical literature to contemporary pop hits.

Experience Groton Hill Youth Choruses live!

Come hear the Youth Chorus for yourself! These amazing students put on 3 performances every year, and you can find out more about the next concert on our Student Concerts & Events page. 

New students are welcome at the first rehearsal of every concert cycle! Sign up here to schedule a visit. 

Contact our Class and Ensemble Manager to learn more.

Soul Singing

Where identity and song collide.

Wednesdays at 6:30pm with Laura Altenor

Ages 13-17

Sing with power and passion on our acoustically vibrant stages!

Soul Singing dives into musical theater, a cappella, pop, soul, and more diverse musical styles every week. 

Students take on leadership roles, work on solo and group pieces, and incorporate all elements of performance and movement into rehearsals. Students are encouraged to bring the music they love to the ensemble!

New members welcome anytime.

I love how each song comes from everyone’s perspective. It’s really a community.” – Kalina, Soul Singing member

Groton Hill Rock Choir

Join the region’s newest, most accessible modern-music choir for adults.

Voices meant to
be heard

Groton Hill
Rock Choir

in 2 world-class
spaces

Xday at X:XXpm with Emily Stone

Ages 18+

This exciting new choir is open to everyone, with no auditions or previous experience required. 

Together, we’ll discover the joy of singing by exploring our voices in a healthy and socially positive atmosphere. Director Emily Stone will work to guide you toward your strengths as an individual and as part of the ensemble.

We’ll learn more about harmony, range, place, and rhythm, and how, by listening to each other, we make empathy a core value. We’ll celebrate everything we’ve achieved with two boisterous live shows on the beautiful Meadow Hall stage, accompanied by a live band! 

Singing together allows us to find that thread of connection that runs through us all. The bonds we create here extend beyond the stage!

– Emily Stone, Director

Faculty

Kathleen McMinn

Director, Youth Choruses

“Choral singing is a way in which a child can explore their musicality in a safe and inclusive community. When children sing they are exposed to different cultures and genres and are able to experience the world in new and exciting ways.”

Kathy McMinn is an award-winning music educator with over 35 years of experience. Her passion for choral music has been her motivation in developing several successful choruses that have pushed the potential of their singers.

Scott Arnold

Assistant Director, Youth Choruses

“Singing and dancing are the most natural forms of musical expression. My classroom environment is filled with song and movement, as well as listening and responding to the music in our world. Through the use of music, I always strive to engage my students in activities that require them to use creativity, teamwork, flexibility, and respect.”

Youth chorus instructor Scott Arnold is an Elementary Music Teacher in Northborough, MA, with a passion for nurturing the love of music in his students. He also directs the music at Trinity Church in Northborough, and is a seasoned pianist with over 25 years of experience. He says that creating and sharing music is what brings him joy.

Laura Altenor

Director, Soul Singing

“I teach the art of belting in a safe way for singers, with focus on breath control, performance, acting through a song, and stage presence confidence.”

Laura has experience as a public school music educator, private voice teacher, professional international touring vocalist, record label manager, and film production coordinator. Trained classically and in musical theater, she has taught chorus, dance, and acting for all ages.

Private Lessons

All Ages!
On your schedule!
With teachers you’ll love.

VOICE LESSONS START AT AGE 12

Your voice has its own unique character and strength. One-on-one learning will help you find those natural qualities within and amplify them.

Private voice lessons are a great way to get in touch with your body while learning the kind of core creative skills that transform lives. Breathing, posture, core strength, and flexibility all play a role in your ability to sing with confidence. This skills are essential to students’ continued vocal progress.

Our Voice Department features 8 faculty teaching-artists, each with their own inspiring story and specialization. Our registrars will work with you to find the right fit from the start.

“Clara is loving the lessons, and we are so happy that she’s developed a great rapport with Ann! Ann’s style seems to really, really mesh with her.” – Parent of Clara, voice student

Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are available thanks to our generous community of donors, and can be easily applied for online.

The Groton Hill campus features 2 world-class stages, 35 classrooms, 2 flexible performance spaces, outdoor seating, and 75 acres of protected farmland. The light-filled architecture encourages interactions between students and the artists who perform on our stages, letting us bring incredible talent into the classroom to give students unique experiences that will inspire them for years to come.

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