to Help High School Students Prepare for College Vocal Auditions
Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus is partnering with the Continuing Education department at College of DuPage to help all high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors prepare for a college vocal audition.
During the first session (Feb. 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.), the students will learn the ins and outs of the college audition process, including repertoire preparation and study, dress and presentation, and working with an accompanist. During the second session (March 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.), the students will participate in a mock college audition and learn to implement the strategies taught in the first session. Led by Emily Ellsworth, Anima’s Artistic Director, and William Buhr, Anima’s Principal Accompanist and accompanist to COD’s choirs, this course is geared toward high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are considering majoring in either vocal performance or choral music education.
Wednesday, Feb. 17 and March 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
The course fee is $119. For more information or to register, call College of DuPage Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or visit cod.edu/conted or MyAccess.cod.edu.
About Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus
Founded in 1964, Anima is an internationally recognized youth choral organization located in Glen Ellyn, Ill., serving youth throughout the Chicagoland area. Anima’s mission is to transform young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing. Recent awards for Anima include the 2013 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award from Chorus America, the 2013 Chicago a cappella Tribute Award, the 2009 Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum, as well as Chorus America’s once-in-an-organizational-lifetime 2008 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.
Anima (AHH-nee-mah) means breath, life, soul and spirit. Anima’s four ensembles, ranging from introductory to advanced, are open to boys and girls grades K-12. In after-school rehearsals, students learn to read music, sing music from many cultures and genres, participate in a confidence and character-building culture, sing with Chicago’s major musical organizations, and make lifelong friends.
Support for Anima is provided in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the DuPage Foundation, the Farney R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, the Illinois Arts Council, Alphawood Foundation, the Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society, and the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince Charitable Trusts.
For further information regarding Anima, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, please visit www.animasingers.org or call (630) 858.2471.
About Emily Ellsworth
Nationally recognized as a leader in the youth choral field, Ms. Ellsworth has served as Artistic Director of Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus since 1996. Her work with ANIMA received the 2013 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award from Chorus America, the 2013 Chicago A cappella Tribute Award, the 2009 Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum, as well as Chorus America’s once-in-an-organizational-lifetime 2008 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. In 2010, Ms. Ellsworth was inducted as a National Honorary Member into the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.
Ms. Ellsworth has prepared various ensembles for performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival, Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque and others; she has nine CD recordings; has conducted national and regional conferences of ACDA, Kodaly educators, and Chorus America; and has completed concert tours in six continents. Ms. Ellsworth has served on the music panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and is the advisor of Boosey & Hawkes’ Opera Workshop series. She has served as Lecturer in Choral Conducting at Northwestern University and spent over 20 years teaching and singing as a voice faculty member in various college and university settings. In frequent demand as a guest clinician/conductor throughout the U.S., she has also guest conducted in the Republic of Ireland, England, Hong Kong and Brazil. Ms. Ellsworth holds a Master of Music degree with honors from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and is a long standing member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
About William Buhr
William Buhr has earned a national reputation as an accompanist, chamber musician, adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Buhr’s work as a collaborative pianist has included performance engagements in more than 30 countries on six continents. Equally at home on the stages of the world’s most prestigious concert halls or in the world of musical theater, Mr. Buhr’s musical partnerships are numerous and richly varied. He served on the accompanying staff of the Chicago Symphony Chorus at the invitation of founder/director Margaret Hillis and has worked with Stephen Sondheim, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Michael Cerveris and many others in the Sondheim productions at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Buhr has additionally played for national touring productions of numerous Broadway musicals and is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Holding degrees from the University of Illinois and DePaul University, Mr. Buhr has enjoyed an association as Principal Accompanist with Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus since 1984.