Odyssey Choir

Online Rehearsals begin Monday, February 22, 2021!

Winter/Spring 2021 online will consist of 8 rehearsals using Zoom on Monday nights for an hour (Alpha 6-7pm and Omega 7:15-8:15pm). This semester will be based in choral and musical enrichment that gives members opportunities to learn, grow, and build community together in new ways.

Alpha (youth unchanged treble voices ages 9+) will explore a variety of music topics that will enhance their musical education, skills, choral repertoire, and work with special guest artists. We will cover a variety of topics going deeper into musical concepts of singing, diverse choral repertoire, vocal techniques, sight-reading, solfege (major, minor, chromatic scales) improvisation, conducting, music theory, music history, different music genres, composers, movement, and more.

Omega (adults, college, high school, and changed voices- soprano, alto, tenor, bass) will learn the 4th movement Brahms Requiem, a variety of choral pieces, sessions from special guest artists on a variety of topics, and more.

Founded in September 2018 by Melissa Rooklidge through Opus Ithaca, the Odyssey Choir 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 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 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. 

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.

Interested in joining Odyssey?

Please contact the director Melissa Rooklidge (opusrooklidge@gmail.comto schedule a vocal placement audition ONLINE.

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!


$85 for Winter/Spring 2021 semester (8 rehearsals total)
Sibling or family member discount- $80/singer for Winter/Spring 2021 semester
Dues cover the cost of music, organizational costs, and faculty
     Scholarships and Vocal Scholar positions available! 

Performance Attire

All singers need a black Odyssey Choir t-shirt for certain performances ($20 to be purchased by the singer).

Alpha (youth treble choir)
For formal performances – singers will wear a red polo with the Opus logo (provided by Opus) with black pants and black closed-toed dress shoes with black socks (student provides pants and shoes).

Omega (adult mixed choir)
For formal performances – 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.