We bring a commitment to music education to all of our endeavors. Each semester, our Evergreen Chorale singers are given the opportunity to learn new music, and are given instruction by our choral music staff and outside professionals. Participants in our musical theatre productions gain experience by working with seasoned professional stage directors, music directors, choreographers and others.
Our commitment to developing the next generation of music enthusiasts manifests itself in several ways, among them:
- We invite high school students to sing with the Evergreen Chorale as “interns”, giving them the opportunity to perform choral masterworks on a scale not possible in most school programs.
- We actively recruit young people for our stage productions – for examples, 16 youngsters were in the ensemble of our 2017 production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and 2 assisted backstage.
- Summer Music Camp offers instruction in voice, acting, dance, and stagecraft. In 2020, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we turned the camp into a series of master classes with individualized attention and instruction. In 2021 we look forward to going back to our regular format with masks featuring songs and selections from a variety of shows.
We also plan special enrichment seminars for the Evergreen Chorale. For example, on October 11, 2017, the Evergreen Chorale welcomed composer Ola Gjeilo for a workshop with the choir and the Evergreen High School Choral Images choir.
Composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he currently resides. Ola is currently composer-in-residence with DCINY and Albany Pro Musica.
Ola’s recordings include the Decca Classics albums Ola Gjeilo (2016) and Winter Songs (2017), featuring Tenebrae, Voces8 and the Choir of Royal Holloway. His choral and piano works are published by Walton Music, while his wind band works are published by Boosey & Hawkes.