Anima is committed to transforming young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing. Anima creates award-winning voices, where every child can be heard. Our team ignites passion in youth, forming leaders, and instilling excellence alongside a fun, joy-filled experience. The literal and figurative harmony created through a community that achieves together has lifelong benefits.
Different ensembles within Anima offer escalating levels of challenge, appropriate to the age, maturity and experience of the singers in each ensemble. Each ensemble is designed to be a rewarding experience in its own right, and offers enriching rehearsal and performance opportunities.
Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus KidSingers is an introductory class for children entering Kindergarten and First grade. This entry-level program helps children find their singing voice, learn to move to music, develop beginning aural skills, and develop self confidence.
KidSingers music is selected for its age appropriateness, as well as its ability to teach musical awareness, and engage our youngest singers with a sense of fun and play. Music is drawn from folk songs, musical games, and unison and partner songs from America as well as other countries.
Concepts about music (melody, rhythm, harmony, tone color, loud and soft, simple forms), musical skills (pitch accuracy, steadiness of beat, fast-slow, echoing musical patterns, etc.) and vocal skills (learning the difference between the singing voice and the speaking or yelling voice, standing tall, breathing deeply) will be taught systematically throughout the rehearsals. Musical concepts are taught through singing, listening, moving, and playing with a spirit of joy and discovery.
Learning to perform music with skill and understanding builds self-esteem. In addition, music-making is done in relationship with others, within a community of shared learning and common goals.
Treble Chorus is the first of our main performing ensembles. In rehearsals Treble Choristers explore the joy of musical expression and the self-esteem that grows from skillful choral singing. Choristers work on establishing healthy singing habits, singing with good intonation, and learning to read basic musical notation. Through rehearsal and performance, members learn a variety of pieces, beginning with basic unison, then two-part singing, and occasional three-part.
All the benefits of Treble Chorus for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for additional music and choral training (by Anima staff recommendation only). Ideal for students who are anticipating moving to Concert Chorus in the next year.
At the intermediate level of Anima, Concert Choristers continue their development of vocal and musical skills through the rehearsal and performance of a varied repertoire. Students gain experience through performance with professional music organizations, travel, and recording opportunities.
Touring Chorus is available for students 7th grade and up. This ensemble demonstrates exceptional musical skills and superior standards of professionalism. Choristers will concentrate on learning more advanced sight singing skills and retain complex melodic, harmonic and rhythmic material. They exhibit superior vocal abilities, musicality, and emotional maturity.
This ensemble commits to two hour rehearsals twice a week in order to prepare for prestigious national and international performances, with groups such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, and Chicago Sinfonietta.