Odyssey Choir

Melissa Rooklidge, Founding Artistic Director

Maia Finkel, Assistant Director

In-Person Rehearsals, mask optional
Begin January 30, 2023

Founded in September 2018 by Melissa Rooklidge through Opus Ithaca, the Odyssey Choir consists of four 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, the Odyssey Choir performs a variety of exciting and beautiful repertoire. Spanning different genres, languages, and time periods, this choir takes audiences on a thrilling musical journey from the Renaissance to modern day. Odyssey Choir unites individuals and families through joyful music-making.

The four ensembles (Alpha, Phoenix, Omega and Kliros) within Odyssey Choir rehearse once a week on Monday evenings during the academic year. The newly auditioned chamber ensemble, Kliros, consists of some Omega ensemble members seeking an additional singing opportunity. Ensembles perform songs independently and together in concerts.


Anyone interested in joining the Odyssey Choir needs to schedule an audition with the director, Melissa Rooklidge (opusrooklidge@gmail.com). The audition consists of vocal range and echo exercises, as well as singing the first verse only of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (a cappella- without accompaniment). Singers of all levels and experience from beginner to advanced are welcome.

Returning/current members of the Odyssey Choir may register below.

Alpha Ensemble

Ages 8-11, Unchanged Treble Voices, all genders

Monday rehearsals 5:15-6:00pm

Phoenix Ensemble

Ages 12-15, Changing Voices, all genders

Monday rehearsals 6:15-7:00pm

Omega Ensemble

Adults, college and high school students ages 16+, SATB, all genders

Monday rehearsals 7:15-8:15pm

Kliros Ensemble

Chamber ensemble with some members from Omega

Selected Monday rehearsals 8:20-9:00pm

$280 for Winter/Spring 2023 semester (15 meetings total)

Sibling or family member discount- $260/singer for Winter/Spring 2023 semester

Dues cover the cost of music, organizational costs, and faculty.
Scholarships available

Class Refund Policy:
Classes should be paid in full at the time of registration. If a student needs to withdraw from a class, a partial refund may be issued within 2 weeks of the first class date.

Annual Registration Fee for Ensemble and class students (non-private lesson students):
$25 per student/$20 per student for 2 or more family members

Performance Attire
All singers wear the black Odyssey Choir t-shirt (to be purchased by the singer) and black pants & shoes (provided by the singer).