Odyssey Choir, directed by Melissa Rooklidge, consists of two ensembles and welcomes singers of all experience levels from youth to adults. The choir takes its name from the Greek epic, The Odyssey, that recounts the many adventures of the king of Ithaca, Odysseus, on his voyage home.
Striving for excellence in healthy vocal quality, style, and performance practice, Odyssey Choir will perform a variety of exciting and beautiful repertoire. Spanning different genres, languages, and time periods, this choir will take audiences on a thrilling musical journey from the Renaissance to modern day. Odyssey unites individuals and families through joyful music-making.
The two ensembles within Odyssey are Alpha and Omega, which rehearse once a week from September to May. Both groups will sing pieces independently and together in concerts. We are accepting new members for our second semester, beginning in February.
Alpha (ages 9 and up with unchanged treble voices)
Monday rehearsals 6:00-7:00pm
Omega (adults, college, high school, and changed voices- soprano, alto, tenor, bass)
Monday rehearsals 7:15-8:15pm
Vocal Scholar positions are available.
Concerts are on February 3, 2019 at 4pm and May 11, 2019 at 4pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Interested in joining Odyssey?
We will be welcoming new members after our February 3 concert!
On Monday, February 4, we will be hosting a walk-in Welcome Workshop from 7:15-8:15pm for adults interested in joining.
This workshop will cover basic musicianship skills (how to read and follow a music score, musical markings, and finding measures, etc.) as well as serving as a vocal placement audition to prepare new members for the first spring semester rehearsal on February 11th.
Students ages 9+ are welcome to walk-in to audition from 6-7pm on February 4th. Each student audition will be approximately 10 minutes.
All vocal placement auditions will serve to place each singer in their appropriate voice part and will consist of:
- Vocal range and echo exercises
- Singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” a cappella (without accompaniment),
- Key of G for sopranos and tenors
- Key of D for altos and basses
Emphasis will be placed on each singer matching pitch. Singers of all levels and experience from beginner to advanced are welcome!.
If you are interested in joining, please fill out this REGISTRATION FORM with your contact information.
$160/semester (Payable in September and February)
Sibling or family member discount to $140/singer per semester
Dues cover the cost of music, organizational costs, and faculty
Vocal Scholar positions available!
Singers will wear a dark red polo with the embroidered Opus logo in white (~$15) with black pants and black closed-toed dress shoes with black socks (student provides pants and shoes).
Singers will wear all black (members provide attire individually). Pants, dresses, and skirts must be floor-length, and tops/shirts/jackets must be elbow-length or longer. Socks and shoes (closed-toed only) must also be black. No ties or low-cut tops/shirts, please.