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Who We Are

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.

Introductory Ensemble

  • For students in grades K-1
  • Rehearses once a week for 50 min


2019-2020 Season
  • Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 5–5:50pm
    • October 1 – December 20
    • February 4 – May 15


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.

Interpersonal and Personal Growth


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

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.

  • For students in grades 2-5
  • Rehearses once a week for 90 minutes
  • Performs 6 times per year at area venues such as the Pumpkin Patch


2019-2020 Season
  • Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00pm
    • September 10 – December 20, 2019
    • January 7 – May 19, 2020
Treble Chorus Curriculum (beginning once-a-week ensemble; primarily grades 2 – 5)
  • Healthy head voice habits, body alignment and rib/diaphragmatic breathing
  • Pure vowels and a kinesthetic awareness of resonance
  • Ability to sing unison, two–part, and some three-part repertoire
  • Solfege – aural and simple written work
  • Basic sight singing skills – simple step-wise patterns in solfege, then moving to skips
  • Introduction of rhythmic note values and notations; ability to clap basic patterns
  • Learning of pitch letter names – all treble clef lines and spaces
  • Understanding of musical terms found in the repertoire
  • Love of music as an expressive, artistic medium
  • Confidence singing alone and in a group; performance poise on stage
  • Major concerts with Concert and Touring ensembles in December and May, and 1 -2 local community performances per semester; a recital with KidSingers 2x/year

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.

2019-2020 Season
  • Rehearsals: Tuesdays 4:30-6 p.m. (regular Treble Chorus rehearsal) and Sundays from 3:15-4:15 p.m.
    • September 8 – December 20, 2019
    • January 5 – May 19, 2020
Treble Plus Curriculum
  • On Tuesdays, Treble Plus participants will focus on skills learned in Treble Chorus, including pure vowels and a kinesthetic awareness of resonance.
  • On Sundays, Treble Plus participants will meet with their conductor in a small group-voice lesson setting to:
    • continue refinement of skills learned in Treble Chorus in a matter that is tailored to each child; and
    • receive an introduction of musicianship skills learned in Concert Chorus (includes rehearsal time with Concert Chorus).
  • Participants in Treble Plus are invited to perform specific works with Concert Chorus during major performances as determined by their conductor.

Concert Chorus

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.

Intermediate Ensemble

  • For students grades 4-7
  • Rehearses twice weekly 
  • Performs approximately 10 times per year
  • Highlights include the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, and the Grant Park Orchestra
  • Tours regionally and nationally


2019-2020 Season
  • Rehearsals: Tuesday from 6:15-8:00pm and Sunday from 3:45-5:30pm
    • September 3 – December 20, 2019
    • January 5 – May 19, 2020
Concert Chorus Curriculum (intermediate twice-a-week ensemble)
  • Primarily grades 4–8
  • Continued vocal development using skills learned in Treble Chorus
  • Ability to sing in unison, two-part, three-part, and a cappella repertoire
  • Introduction of key signatures, and mastery of major keys by year’s end
  • Expansion of musicianship skills in the mastery of more difficult sight singing excerpts, in a variety of major keys, using moveable “do”
  • Understanding of time signatures and more complex rhythmic patterns
  • Understanding of musical concepts as related to musical form and style periods.
  • Demonstration of greater musicality and expressivity in musical performance, as well as
  • a professional standard of deportment and focus.
  • Love of music as an expressive, artistic medium
  • Two major concerts, with Treble and Touring ensembles: December and May
  • Extended weekend tour to exchange with another youth choir OR a summer festival for young voices, plus 2 – 3 local performances per semester

Touring Chorus

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.

Advanced Ensemble by audition only

2019-2020 Season
  • Tuesday Rehearsals:
    • 6:15-6:45pm (treble voices only)
    • 6:45-8:00pm (treble and changed voices)
    • 8:00-8:30pm (Chamber Chorus)
  • Sunday Rehearsals:
    • 3:45-5:30pm (treble voices only)
    • 4:30-5:30pm (treble and changed voices)
    • 5:30-6:15pm (Chamber Chorus)

Chamber Chorus

  • All changed Touring Chorus voices and a select group auditioned from Touring Chorus trebles in grades 10-12.
  • Repertoire is usually a cappella and often performed without conductor to encourage additional ensemble skill and student leadership
Touring Chorus Curriculum (advanced, twice-a-week practice; primarily grades 7 – 12)
  • Continued refinement of vocal skills, including an expanded singing range and technical ability in service of phrasing, dynamic contrast, breath control, and language mastery
  • Ability to sing in three, four, or more parts, including commissioned works and non-tonal works
  • Sight Singing using moveable do for major keys, “la” or do/based minor keys, and intervallic reading for non-tonal works or rapidly shifting tonalities
  • Demonstrated understanding of all major key signatures, relative and parallel minors
  • The ability to read and count more complex rhythms in more complex meters
  • Demonstrated understanding of musical concepts as related to musical form and performance practice
  • Demonstration of superior musical skills and professional standards
  • Love of music as an expressive, artistic medium and life force
  • Two major concerts, with Treble and Concert ensembles: December and May
  • Summer touring –national or international and/or performance opportunities at Ravinia, Millennium Park, etc.
  • 6 – 10 additional performances throughout the season

Summer Programs


Not sure which ensemble is right for your child or have other questions about Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus?

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